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Kaohsiung unveils traffic plans for World Games

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Dressed as Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, entertainer Paiyun yesterday yells into one of several gigantic “cheer horns” in front of the Kaohsiung Arena.

PHOTO: CNA

The Kaohsiung City Government yesterday unveiled its traffic control plans for the World Games, saying it could transport all spectators attending the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies from the vicinity of the stadium within an hour of the end of the events.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) told reporters that the city government also hoped that the passenger rate for the city’s mass transportation system would reach 80 percent during the Games after the city announced free bus rides during the event.

“During the World Games, rides on the city’s buses will be free. Therefore we urge residents and visitors to take advantage of Kaohsiung’s mass transportation system,” she said.

Chen said special lanes on Jhongjheng Road between Furen and Dayong Road will be reserved for vehicles carrying Games passes between 7am and 7pm for the duration of the games.

A 24-hour transportation management center will monitor traffic during the event, Chen said, adding that there will also be 1,000 taxis using GPS navigation equipment.

The Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) said it planned to shorten train intervals on the north-south Red Line from around 10 minutes to eight minutes on the nights of the opening and closing ceremonies.

Extra south-bound trains will also be available after the ceremonies to accommodate up to 14,700 people per hour, the KRTC said.

Meanwhile, the city’s Education Bureau said yesterday that it would encourage students to go to the Games, but would not try to compel them to attend.

It also promised to look into media speculation that some schools in the city had threatened to discipline students who did not go to the Games.

In related news, the city’s Shoushan Zoo, which has been closed for renovation, will reopen tomorrow, the city’s Tourism Bureau said.

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