TAIPEI (CNA) — Passengers traveling on the Taipei MRT Tamsui Line will be allowed to carry pets categorized as medium sized or large, with effect from Jan. 4, the operator said Thursday.
The animals, however, must be carried either in a pet stroller, cage, box or other approved container, and will be allowed only into the first and last cars on the train, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) said.
According the company, a medium sized or large pet is categorized as one that can fit into a carrier that does not exceed 210 centimeters as the sum of its dimensions — length, width and height.
For strollers, the measurements will exclude the frame and wheels, the TRTC said.
Passengers with pets in carriers ranging between 175cm and 210cm in size will be required to pay NT$80 per ride, while there will be no charge for those in carriers smaller than 175 centimeters, the company said.
Currently, pets can be transported free of cost on all trains in the Taipei MRT system, once the carriers not do not exceed 140cm as the sum of its height, width and length, according to the TRTC.
The new regulations will be introduced Saturday on a six-month trial basis on weekends only on the Tamsui Line, also known as the Red Line, the TRTC said.
The transit company, however, did not specify what kinds of pets will be allowed on the MRT, except to say that a notice will be posted on the bulletin boards in the MRT stations.