Shuttle service trial begins
Changhua County yesterday launched a trial program for an on-demand shuttle bus service as part of its “demand responsive transit system” (DRTS) project to provide more public tranport options in sparsely populated areas. The county government said that the trial service began in the southwestern townships of Erlin (二林), Fangyuan (芳苑), Dacheng (頭城) and Jhutang (竹塘). Residents in those townships can make a reservation for door-to-door service a day in advance. The system operator, Yuanlin Bus Carrier, then indexes the reservation against the others it has received to calculate a customized route and fare, county officials said. The company has a fleet of six medium-sized DRTS buses for the program. The trial program will last through the end of this month and then the DRTS program will begin a six-month run next month.
Trade delegations organized
The government will send business delegations to Africa and Central America this month, Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs Director-General John Lai (賴建中) said yesterday. One delegation is scheduled to visit Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Mauritania from Feb. 24 to March 9, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said. Delegation members will hold meetings with their counterparts in Nigeria and Mauritania, and participate in the West-African Business Development Forum in Burkina Faso from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, he said. The ministry will help organize another delegation to explore business opportunities in the coffee industry in Central America, with stops planned in Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.