The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) aims to cancel the 10 percent ticket discount granted to passengers who use EasyCards or other e-tickets, adding that the new policy could take effect before the Lunar New Year holiday next year.
The agency’s proposed policy would affect mostly rail commuters, the TRA said.
TRA statistics show that 250,000 passengers use electronic tickets to board the trains each day.
The administration said riders holding EasyCards, Kaohsiung MRT cards or other electronic cards get the 10 percent discount if they are traveling within rail sections from Fulong Village (福隆) in New Taipei City to Miaoli County in the north as well as from Linnei Township (林內) in Yunlin County to Pingtung County in the south.
The discount also applies to passengers traveling on the administration’s five branch lines — Pingsi (平溪), Lioujia (六家), Neiwan (內灣), Jiji (集集) and Shalun (沙崙).
Passengers using the cards to access the TRA system are charged commuter train rates, regardless of the train service they use, the TRA said.
The agency said that the number of electronic ticket users has grown from 28,000 per day to 250,000 daily over the past six years.
However, the increase in passengers has not translated into a significant growth in revenue, the TRA said.
On average, the TRA loses NT$3.3 for every NT$30 it earns, it said.
TRA Director-General Chou Yung-hui (周永暉) said that the discount was intended to encourage the use of e-tickets, and that the goal has been reached.
He added that cardholders can now board express trains while paying commuter train ticket prices and still get a further 10 percent discount, which is not fair to other express train users who pay the full fare.
Based on the agency’s plan, multiple-card readers that allow cardholders to access TRA trains are to be installed in all west coast and east coast locations by March 2016.
To ensure that long-distance express train travelers pay full price, e-card users would be able to board an express train only if the travel distance is less than 70km, the TRA said.
For example, people leaving from Taipei Railway Station could not use e-tickets to board express trains if their final destination is beyond Shinfong Station (新豐) in Hsinchu, the TRA said.
The Taipei Grand Mosque yesterday said its earlier decision to cancel Eid al-Fitr celebrations on Sunday to mark the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would stand, even though there have been no new domestic cases of COVID-19 in more than a month. It will be the first time in 60 years that the event has not be held at the mosque. The Ministry of Labor had asked all mosques to suspend Eid al-Fitr celebrations and prayers this year, due to COVID-19 concerns, and encouraged Muslims to pray at home. This year Ramadan began on April 23 and is to
KAOHSIUNG VOTE: A city official allegedly wrote a message calling on supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu not to participate in the vote next month Prosecutors on Wednesday initiated an investigation of Kaohsiung Civil Affairs Bureau Director-General Tsao Huan-jung (曹桓榮) for allegedly telling supporters of Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) to interfere with a recall vote against Han, while pan-green politicians denounced the mayor and his team for devising ways to obstruct voting. After receiving complaints from residents, the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office launched its probe of Tsao for alleged breaches of the Civil Servants Election and Recall Act (公職人員選舉罷免法). Complainants provided evidence that Tsao on Saturday last week wrote on messaging app Line that Han supporters should not vote in the June 6 recall vote, saying:
BILINGUAL ASSISTANCE: The center launched a chat bot that features Chinese and English interfaces to provide foreigners with instant information about the pandemic The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) yesterday said that it would discuss with other nations the possibility of allowing businesspeople to visit on a case-by-case basis. Asked about loosening border restrictions, Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the center, said at the daily CECC news briefing that while the center is cautious about opening the nation’s borders, it would aim to diminish obstacles for important trade interactions without risking transmission of the novel coronavirus. Several foreign representatives in Taiwan have expressed an interest in the matter and the center would conduct related negotiations with the help of the
DELUSIONAL: The male patient said he did not know that the woman had mental problems, but the court said that her being restrained in isolation should have given him pause The Taiwan High Court has ordered the Jhudong branch of the Taiwan National University Hospital and a male patient to jointly pay a former female patient’s family NT$400,000 in compensation after the man had sex with the woman, who has mental problems, while hospitalized. The 26-year-old woman has been diagnosed with a mental disorder, a symptom of which is that she obsessively seeks to have sex, her mother said. The mother filed a formal complaint and sought damages from the hospital and the male patient surnamed Chen (陳) after finding out that her daughter had sex with the man while