TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) General Manager Yen Pang-chieh (顏邦傑) said Tuesday that Taipei schoolchildren will enjoy a 40% fare discount on Taipei Metro, starting Jan. 1 next year.
During a council meeting on Tuesday, Taipei City Councilor Wang Hsin-yi (王欣儀) asked whether Taipei Metro will be able to make preferential fares available to children aged 6–12 years who reside in Taipei as a measure to comply to the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act as she had pleaded for in the last council session.
In response, Yen said children in Taipei aged 6-12 years will enjoy a 40% discount on any Taipei Metro ride, and the measure is scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1 next year. However, in order to identify eligible children, a digital EasyCard with a registered student will be required for the children to enjoy the reduced fares. Yen added that a budget of NT$115 million a year will be appropriated for the measure by Taipei Department of Social Welfare.
Take the one-way fare of NT$20 for example, the schoolchildren will only need to pay NT$12 after discount, he said. He added that if New Taipei City will adopt the same measure to benefit its schoolchildren, the TRTC will cooperate and make it possible, but New Taipei City will have to come up with its own budget.
Currently, travel on the Taipei Metro or Taipei Public Bus is free for children under six years of age, and children from six to 12 enjoy a 50% discount on the buses and only a 20% discount on the Taipei Metro.