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Taichung to introduce free city bus program

Taichung to introduce free city bus program

Taipei, May 4 (CNA) Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu announced Monday that the city will launch a free public bus program from May 18 as part of efforts to save energy and cut carbon dioxide emissions.
During a six-month period that will run through Nov. 17, users of the "Taiwan Easy Go" cards will be able to ride the public buses in the downtown area of the central Taiwan city free of charge from 7-9 a.m. and 5-7 p.m, Monday to Friday.
The city government hopes that the initiative will encourage more people to take the bus in Taichung, Hu said, adding that his goal is to see an increase in the number of bus commuters to at least 3 million per month within the next three years.
Hu recalled that in the early days of his first term as mayor, which began on Dec. 20, 2001, an average 300,000 people were taking the city buses monthly.
The number has increased to 2.1 million now thanks to the many incentive programs introduced by the city government, he said.
Some NT$250 million (US$7.58 million) has been allocated by the city government for the new program, and the pop singer Jolin Tsai has been invited to promote the program, he said.
Hu also disclosed that the city is planning to spend NT$1 billion or more over the next five years on programs to help citizens develop the habit of taking mass transportation.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-03-02 01:02 GMT+08:00