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Ridership on Taiwan's trains, MRTs sets new records

2012/04/15 21:13:50

Taipei, April 15 (CNA) Railway and mass rapid transit ridership and revenues hit record highs in the first two months of the year, providing a good foundation on which to further promote public transportation, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Sunday.

According to MOTC statistics, the combined ridership of Taiwan's high-speed rail line, its regular railway system, and mass rapid transit systems in Taipei and Kaohsiung reached 147.96 million in January and February, up 7.4 percent from a year earlier.

Each individual system also posted record highs for passenger volume in the first two months of the year.

The Taiwan Railways Administration and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corportion had average daily ridership of 594,000 and 122,000, up 5.5 percent and 9.5 percent higher, respectively, from the same period a year earlier.

The Taipei MRT saw ridership rise 6.9 percent to 95.13 million, while the Kaohsiung MRT experienced a 10.6 percent increase in passenger volume to 9.54 million.

The companies' revenues also rose significantly. The Taiwan Railways Administration posted NT$2.7 billion (US$91.47 million) in revenue in the first two months of 2012, the highest for the period in the past 10 years, according to MOTC figures.

The Taipei MRT had revenue of NT$2.06 billion, and saw monthly revenue exceed NT$1 billion for the seventh and eighth consecutive months in January and February.

The Kaohsiung MRT had revenue of NT$240 million in the first two months, the highest during the period in the nearly four years the line has been in operation.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Nell Shen)