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Fewer buses, MRT trains during Lunar New Year in Taipei

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei City buses will be running on the off-peak timetable and the MRT operating on its weekend and holiday schedule throughout the Lunar New Year holiday from today to Friday, the city’s Department of Transportation said yesterday.

Buses serving mountainous areas will be running on the weekend and holiday schedule. Shuttle services that run only on weekdays will operate according to the usual schedule.

PANDA FEVER

Buses 120, 121, 122 and G1 to the Taipei Zoo will run more frequently as the opening of the Panda Hall is expected to draw big crowds.

The MRT Muzha Line will also run more frequently to accommodate visitors to the zoo during the holidays, but all other MRT lines will run on the weekend and holiday schedule. The normal operating schedule will resume on Feb. 2.

TAXI FARES

Meanwhile, Taipei taxis will not add a Lunar New Year surcharge this year in the hope of attracting more business during the holiday period. Cab fares will start at NT$70 for the first 1.25km as usual.

The department said passengers could call the city’s 1999 hotline or the traffic division at 02-2394-9007 or 02-2321-9166 to report any taxi drivers who try to overcharge customers during the holiday.

More information on transportation arrangements is available on the Web site of the city’s public transportation office, www.pto.taipei.gov.tw, or at the public transportation inquiries Web site, www.5284.com.tw.

The Public Bus Hotline can be reached at 2729-1181.

Callers outside Taipei City can dial 02-2720-8889 for more information.

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