Airport MRT ticket prices to be lowered in greater Taipei in Oct.

Airport MRT ticket prices to be reduced by NT$10 in Oct.

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Airport MRT. (TMC photo)

Airport MRT. (TMC photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Tickets for all rides on the Airport MRT connecting Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan are to be reduced by NT$10 (US$0.32) by October as the part of the first phase of two phases of decreased prices, announced the Taoyuan Metro Corporation (TMC) today (July 16).

As TMC says it has reached its goal of "system stability and safety," and on the basis of "increasing ridership, optimizing service, and stabilizing finances, the company will begin lowering the prices at all stations by NT$10. After the prices have been modified and tested, it is expected that the new rates will go into effect on Oct. 1 of this year.

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said that incentives, such as 20 percent discounts for Taoyuan citizens, 800 riding points for senior citizens, discounts on transfers between busses and the MRT and a fifty percent discount that kicked in on June 1 and is set to last 120 days, have all helped to increase ridership on the Airport MRT.

After this NT$10 discount phase goes into effect in October, an second phase will then be implemented which is meant to gradually integrate the ticket prices between the Airport MRT and the Taipei MRT.

Average daily ridership has gone up this yea to 61,000 passengers, an 8 to 9 percent increase from the same period last year.