Taipei MRT average daily ridership tops 2 million

06/11/2016 08:35 PM
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Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The average daily ridership on Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit system in the first four months of the year exceeded 2 million, according to statistics from the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS).

Following the extension of the MRT network, the some 2.01 million passengers per day used the system during the period January to April, up 3.4 percent from the same period of last year, the data showed.

The figure for the corresponding period from 2011-2015 was under 2 million, according to the DGBAS said.

The data also showed that Taiwan High Speed Rail benefited from the 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival, a two-week event that was held in Taoyuan Feb. 22 to March 6 and attracted more than 10 million visitors.

The average daily ridership on the high speed rail system rose 12.7 percent from a year earlier to 155,000 in the first four months of year, the data showed.

In addition, the high speed rail ridership was boosted by the opening last December of three new stops -- Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin, the DGBAS said.

However, average daily ridership on Taiwan Railways declined 2.5 percent year-on-year to 630,000, while the number of passengers on Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. fell 1.4 percent to 167,000, the data showed.

The combined daily average ridership of Taipei Metro, Kaohsiung Metro, Taiwan Railways and the high speed rail in the four-month period showed a 2.2 percent increase from a year earlier.

Meanwhile, domestic fuel prices fell 14.4 percent in the January to April period from a year earlier in reflection of a 38.6 percent plunge in international crude oil prices, the DGBAS data showed.

With the drop in domestic fuel prices, sales of gasoline and diesel in Taiwan rose 2.8 percent year-on-year in the four-month period, and the number of passenger cars using the local highway network also rose 5.4 percent year-on-year, the DGBAS figures indicated.

(By Chen Cheng-wei and Frances Huang) enditem/sc/pc

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