After decades-long wait, a farflung borough in Kaohsiung gets public transport (2019/04/15)
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    After decades-long wait, a farflung borough in Kaohsiung gets public transport (2019/04/15)

    The aging population of a remote borough in Kaohsiung rejoiced today at the return of public transportation. Public bus services to and from Chungliao Borough were canceled over 20 years ago due to low ridership. In the years without the bus service, getting around had been expensive for the area’s seniors. To serve their needs, Kaohsiung City and the Directorate General of Highways have launched a so-called “shuttle cab” route to the borough. The first bus to Qishan went out today, with tickets priced at an affordable 24 NT.

    These senior citizens drum up a storm outside a temple. They’re celebrating the return of public transport to their community.

    Chungliao resident
    Before there were coach buses we could take, but that went away.

    Chungliao is a remote community in Kaohsiung’s Qishan District. Buses had serviced the area more than 20 years ago, but the stop was dropped due to low ridership.

    Hun Wan-hsiang
    Chungliao borough warden
    If you have a scooter, you use that. But it’s dangerous for seniors to drive scooters.

    In 2014, Kaohsiung City launched a “shuttle cab” service, using seven-seat vans as an alternative to buses in remote communities. Today Chungliao Borough was officially incorporated into the network, with a route that connects it to the Qishan Bus Station. The new route aims to solve the transport needs of local residents.

    Cheng Yung-hsiang
    Kaohsiung Transportation Bureau
    The fare system is similar to that used for buses. Two fare zones is NT$24. More than two fare zones will cost the same as two zones. We want to adopt the fare system of buses, but to offer service comparable to a taxi.

    The service will run three days a week, with one outbound and inbound trip each day. Traveling the same distance by taxi costs NT$500 to NT$600, so the shuttle could mean big savings for the locals.

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