Shen'ao Rail Bike in N. Taiwan begins soft opening on Jan 18

During the soft opening from Jan. 18 to Jan. 31, Shen'ao Rail Bike will offer reduced-price tickets to riders

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(photo courtesy of New Taipei City Government)

(photo courtesy of New Taipei City Government)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Shen'ao Rail Bike, which runs along an abandoned train track on Taiwan’s north coast, will begin soft opening and charging fees on Jan. 18, after a trial operation ends on Jan. 17, according to a news release posted on New Taipei City Travel website on Thursday.

Riding the rail bike along the 1.3km route is free during the trial operation, and thus far a total of 4,000 people have ridden the rail bike, the release said. However, reservations for riding during the remainder of the trial operation period have reached capacity, according to the release.

During the soft opening from Jan. 18 to Jan. 31, Shen'ao Rail Bike will offer reduced-price tickets to riders, with the price for a one-way ticket being NT$100. Riders can choose to start from the Shen'ao station or the Badouzi station.

Six riding sessions are scheduled for each station every day, and riders must make an online booking two days before riding, according to the document.

Beginning on Feb. 1, ticket prices for riding the rail bike will be NT$150 for a one-way trip and NT$250 for a round trip.

For online booking and more detailed information, please click here.

(Photo courtesy of New Taipei City Government)