Kaohsiung, May 16 (CNA) The Kaohsiung mass rapid transit system is to launch its first custom-made I-pass Card in an effort to boost the system's low ridership, the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. (KRTC) said Wednesday.
The stored-value cards, designed for residents living along the MRT lines, can be used as security access control cards for their homes, and can also be used on city buses, the MRT and ferries, the KRTC said.
Cardholders can also use them for purchases at some stores and for taking buses in Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Pingtung.
Hau Chien-sheng, KRTC general manager, expressed hope that the cooperation with a local real estate development company could help bring in more riders.
As the end of April the ridership totaled 4.36 million, since the establishment of the system in 1999. The average passenger count per day in April was 145,353.
The Kaohsiung metro, which has been losing over NT$2 billion every year since its operation, is estimated to break even in 2014, the operator said.
(By Wang Shwu-fen and Hanna Liu)