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Kaohsiung MRT to accept use of TaiwanMoney card

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

TaiwanMoney Card, the country's first contactless payment card which can be used for shopping and paying for transportation in southern Taiwan, will also be able to be used on the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit, which is scheduled to begin operations tomorrow, a Kaohsiung City official said yesterday.

The card was jointly launched by the Kaohsiung City government, Cathay United Bank, and E. Sun Commercial Bank, in cooperation with MasterCard Taiwan, for use in Kaohsiung City, Kaohsiung County, Tainan City, Tainan County, Chiayi City, Chiayi County, and Pingtung County, the official said.

Differing from Taipei City's EasyCard, which can only be used to pay for transportation, the TaiwanMoney Card can also be used for shopping, the official said.

TaiwanMoney Card holders can use the card to take buses on a total of 385 lines in the above counties and cities, on ferries in Kaohsiung City, as well as to shop at contracting stores including certain convenience stores, grocery stores, coffee shops, diners and gas stations, the official said.

The official added that two types of the card are available, one of which may be used as a credit card.

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