Monthly bus, metro pass may be expanded to rail travel

A new pass for unlimited rides on public transportation systems in Taipei and New Taipei over a 30-day period that came into use April 16 might be expanded to Taiwan's rail system after three months. (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.03.12)

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) A new pass for unlimited rides on public transportation systems in Taipei and New Taipei over a 30-day period that came into use April 16 might be expanded to Taiwan’s rail system after three months, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Wednesday.

The one-month all-pass ticket, priced at NT$1,280 (US$43.9), offers unlimited travel on Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) trains and buses in the two municipalities, as well as free use of the YouBike for the first 30 minutes during the 30-day period.

As of Tuesday, 193,000 tickets had been sold, Ko said, adding that the city government might expand the scope of the monthly all-pass ticket to cover rides on the Keelung-Banqiao section of the rail system three months after its launch.

Also Wednesday, the National Communications Commission (NCC) approved Chunghwa Telecom’s plan to lower rates for its broadband internet access via Fiber to the x (FTTx) service offering 300 megabits per second (Mbps) or higher downlink/uplink speeds.

After the price reductions, the monthly fee for its non-fixed 300M/100M FTTx service will be cut by 17 percent to NT$1,399, while that of its premium non-fixed 1G/600M FTTx plus HiNet service will be cut by 33 percent to NT$2,399, according to the NCC.

(By Chen Yen-chun, Chu Tse-wei and Evelyn Kao)