The Taipei and New Taipei City governments yesterday launched a bus service information Web site, which offers users real-time information on incoming bus services at more than 11,000 bus stops across the greater Taipei region.
The site can be displayed in both Chinese and English, which would be of help to foreigners, officials said.
Taipei Department of Transportation Commissioner Chung Hui-yu (鍾慧諭) said that the Web site is the first to integrate information on bus routes and timetables in Taipei and New Taipei City.
The site boasts several new features, such as the “bus stop nearby” function, which allows users to look up bus stops within a 100m, 300m, or 500m radius from their location.
Users can refine searches by locating bus stops by name, landmark or road intersection, as well as display entire bus routes by typing in route numbers.
Users are also able to find YouBike stations by clicking on an icon that appears on the same page as nearby bus stops.
Users can plan a trip involving transfers by clicking on the “trip planner” icon, though a review of the site found that bus arrival times were hard to determine and the English-language translations were confusing at times.
Taipei Public Transportation Office Director Chen Jung-ming (陳榮明) said users who sign up as a member of the site would be able to bookmark bus routes they most frequently use, allowing for faster operation.
The site can be accessed at: www.ebus.gov.taipei.
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