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.