TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) said on Saturday (Nov. 7) that the city will come up with a free-ride plan for the trial operation of its MRT's Green Line.
The mayor’s statement came one day after the line obtained an operation permit from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), according to a CNA report.
Noting that the Green Line has been under construction since 2009, Lu said that Taichung citizens must have anxiously been looking forward to Taichung’s first MRT line. She said she had promised to open the line by the end of this year as a New Year's gift.
Upon receiving the permit from the MOTC, the city government immediately went ahead with preparations for the trial runs and opening ceremony, Lu said. She added that passengers can ride for free, including those from outside Taichung, during the initial test phase.
The fare for the Green Line starts at NT$20 (US$0.67) and increases by NT$5 every 2 kilometers, with the maximum fare for a one-way trip being NT$50. It will be free for children under six, and there will be special prices for people between six and 12 years old, the elderly, tourists, and groups.