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TRA to smarten more stations up with e-cards

21st-CENTURY TICKET:Another 13 stations will become electronic-ticket capable to help deal with the 200,000 commuters a day who use such tickets

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

People will soon be able to board Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) trains in 64 stations nationwide with their EasyCards, Taiwan EasyGo cards, I Pass cards or electronic toll collection (ETC) cards, the railway said yesterday.

Currently, passengers can use EasyCards, Taiwan EasyGo cards and ETC cards at 51 TRA train stations. Starting tomorrow, 13 more stations will be added to the list and I Pass card holders will be able to use the card to board TRA trains as well.

The I Pass is the Kaohsiung MRT system’s version of the Taipei MRT’s EasyCard electronic ticket; Taiwan EasyGo cards are used by bus commuters between Taoyuan to Nantou counties, as well as between Hualien and Taitung counties; and ETC cards are issued by Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co for freeway users.

The TRA said that multiple card readers would be installed at all train stations from Fulong (福隆) to Miaoli in the north and between Houbi (後壁) and Jhongjhou (中洲) in the south. All stations along the Lioujia (六家) and Shalun (沙崙) lines, as well as Jhudong (竹東) and Neiwan (內灣) stations on the Neiwan line will also be equipped with the readers.

TRA statistics show that the number of passengers using electronic tickets has reached 200,000 per day.

In other developments, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau yesterday said that the renovation of Taitung Station has been scheduled to begin next month.

The aim of the project is to create separate passages for commuters entering and exiting the station, it said, adding that the platforms are also to be decorated using the totems of the Puyuma people, one of the main Aboriginal tribes in Taitung County.

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