Maokong Gondola fares to rise from Feb. 1

01/21/2016 06:23 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) The Taipei city government has approved a plan to raise the fares of the Maokong Gondola from Feb. 1 to cover operating losses, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) said Thursday.

After the price hike, the fares for the gondola for one stop, two stops and three stops or more will be NT$70 (US$2.07), NT$100 and NT$120, respectively, up from the current NT$30 for one station, NT$40 for two, and NT$50 for three or more stations, according to the company.

Meanwhile, a single one-way ticket price of NT$50 will be granted to Taipei residents, children and senior citizens, and passengers with disabilities, it added.

To meet the transport needs of local residents, those live in Wenshan District's Zinan, Laoquan, Zhengda and Wanxin boroughs will be able to enjoy a single one-way ticket price of NT$60.

To boost ridership on weekdays, a discount of NT$20 on the fares will be given to passengers using EasyCards for payment, according to the company.

Riders will be able to enjoy a round-trip, as well as a free ride on their next visit if they buy a ticket at a price of NT$260 and return the used ticket for a refund of a NT$20 card deposit.

Visitors to the Taipei Zoo who pay for entry via EasyCard will get a discount of NT$20 if they go on to take a gondola ride afterward, the company said.

Last year, the ridership of the Maokong Gondola reached 2.66 million, of whom more than 60 percent of the passengers were foreigners or non-Taipei residents, according to the city government.

At present, the Maokong Gondola suffers losses of NT$100 million per year, the local government said.

(By Huang Li-yun and Evelyn Kao)ENDITEM/J

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