Joint Taipei, New Taipei bus/metro monthly pass to be issued

A commuter rents a YouBike bicycle in downtown Taipei in this undated file photo. Taipei authorities announced a new monthly pass for Taipei and New Taipei’s bus/metro system to be issued before April next year. The pass also gives passengers 30 minutes of free use of YouBikes within one hour after taking metro trains or buses. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Before April next year, a joint monthly pass will be introduced for unlimited rides of metro trains and buses in Taipei and New Taipei cities, said a Taipei City official.

The pass also gives passengers 30 minutes of free use of YouBikes within one hour after taking metro trains or buses, Chang Jer-yang (張哲揚), Taipei City government’s secretary-general, told CNA on Wednesday.

The original purpose of YouBike was to help people get to their first transit point or to their last stop, Chang added.

The price of the 30-day pass is still under negotiation and will be set by the end of the year, most likely under NT$2,000 (US$66), said Chen Hsueh-tai (陳學台), acting head of the city’s transportation department.

A price range from NT$1,500-2,000 for the monthly pass have been speculated by many people. Some experts suggested NT$800 would be best as it would be attractive for both commuters and non-commuters.

By Liang Pei-chi and William Yen