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Taipei adds more low-floor buses for riders’ convenience

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

A child yesterday reacts to the panda-themed flooring on one of the 30 new three-door buses that will start operating in Taipei today.

Photo: CNA

Thirty three-door low-floor buses are starting operations in Taipei today, as the city government seeks to offer passengers more comfort and convenience.

The buses will be used for Route 307 of the Capital Bus Group, featuring three doors and three EasyCard readers at the doors to make it easier for commuters to get on and off.

Capital Bus Group president Lee Po-wen (李博文) said Route 307 is one of the busiest routes in the city, and the three-door buses will shorten the time of transportation and ease traffic congestion at bus stops.

The 30 buses are decorated with panda cub Yuan Zai (圓仔) patterns, a popular figure at Taipei Zoo, and are equipped with a “no-step” low chassis that can be tilted 7cm toward the road, making it easier for handicapped and elderly passengers to get on and off the buses.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday touted the three-door low-floor bus as part of the city government’s continuing efforts to offer friendly and convenient service for passengers, and encouraged the public to take advantage of the city’s public transportation.

“Low-floor buses are an integral part of Taipei’s transportation policy, as we aim to provide a handicap-free transportation environment. We will continue to provide a top-quality public transportation system for Taipei residents,” Hau said at Taipei City Hall.

The city government first introduced low-floor buses in 2007, with 1,897 now plying the city, which translates to 50 percent of all city buses.

Asked whether the three-door buses would make it easier for some passengers to get off without paying fare, Capital Bus general manager Lee Chien-wen (李建文) said the company has confidence in the city’s passengers.

He added that the company would seek to increase the number of such buses in the future.

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