Sun, Jul 12, 2009 - Page 2 News List

TRA prices to change next month

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) is scheduled to change ticket prices for some railway sections next month.

The TRA said yesterday that some of its railway sections had been changed — either going underground or changing routes. Ticket prices should be adjusted according to the recalculated distance between any two stops along these sections, it said.

Under the adjusted prices, a Tzuchiang-class ticket from Taipei to Taitung will drop from NT$800 to NT$786. Tzuchiang tickets from Taipei to Hualien and Ilan will cost NT$441 and NT$218 respectively, down from NT$$443 and NT$223.

The price of Tzuchiang tickets for Taipei to Taoyuan will increase from NT$66 to NT$69, with commuter tickets rising from NT$43 to NT$44.

Tickets for Taipei to Taichung, Taipei to Kaohsiung and Songshan (松山) to Banciao (板橋) will remain unchanged.

The TRA will make a formal announcement of its new prices next Wednesday, with the changes taking effect on Aug. 1.

In related news, the TRA has budgeted NT$14.94 billion (US$452 million) to improve infrastructure, including NT$6.5 billion to reinforce bridges and tunnels and NT$4 billion to update communication facilities and electrical wiring.

Work will begin this year and is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

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