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Store chain, e-go team up to offer rides

By Jerry Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Eyeing a growing trend among consumers of finding ways to save money amid rising costs, President Chain Store Corp (統一超商), which runs the nation’s largest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, has been cooperating with the e-go Taiwan Car Rental Travel Group (e-go 台灣租車旅遊集團) to provide pooled ride services from Taipei City to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport since the middle of this month.

In light of high gas prices that have made people less willing to drive their cars, President Chain Store said the new service would not only help consumers save money, but also conserve energy resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

President Chain Store said the new service is available at its around 4,000 ibon-equipped 7-Eleven stores nationwide, with four different prices.

The company said a single ticket costs NT$600, a two-person ticket costs NT$711, a three-person ticket costs NT$888, and a van service for up to six passengers costs NT$12,000.

The company said its prices are competitive compared with other car rental services and taxis that run from Taipei to the airport, which normally cost between NT$1,000 and NT$1,400.

Commenting on the new scheme, Taiwan Taxi Co (台灣大車隊) said the shared-ride service would not affect its business much, as it primarily targets office workers in the city that commute regularly.

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