More TRA sta­tions now Easy­Card, iPASS friendly

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Trav­el­ers are able to ac­cess more Tai­wan Rail­ways Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TRA) sta­tions with their Taipei EasyCards, iPass Cards and other elec­tronic tick­ets start­ing June 30, the TRA has an­nounced.

With the re­cent in­stal­la­tion of mul­ti­ple-card read­ers at more TRA sta­tions, trav­el­ers will soon be able to ac­cess a to­tal of 164 TRA sta­tions with their smart­cards on the is­land’s West Coast from north­ern Suao Town­ship ( ) in Yi­lan County to south­east­ern Ping­tung County, ac­cord­ing to the TRA.

Pas­sen­gers will be able to use their EasyCards, iPASS Cards, Tai­wan Easy Go Cards or Far Eastern Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion Cards to ac­cess th­ese train sta­tions.

Pas­sen­gers are to be able to board any train us­ing any of the four cards with the ex­cep­tion of Puyuma Ex­press and Taroko Ex­press trains. They are also to en­joy a 10 per­cent dis­count on tick­ets.

The TRA said that pas­sen­gers would con­tinue to en­joy the dis­count un­til the end of this year if they buy elec­tronic tick­ets.

The TRA said, how­ever, that pas­sen­gers rid­ing Ziqiang Ex­press trains ( ) with elec­tronic tick­ets would not be el­i­gi­ble for the dis­count on trips ex­ceed­ing 70 kilo­me­ters.

Pre­vi­ously, only 104 TRA sta­tions in North­ern and South­ern Tai­wan had in­stalled mul­ti­ple-card read­ers.

The lat­est pol­icy is ex­pected to ben­e­fit more than 300,000 pas­sen­gers daily, it added.

The pol­icy is part of the TRA’s on­go­ing project to al­low trav­el­ers to en­joy the con­ve­nience of us­ing a sin­gle trans­porta­tion card any­where in Tai­wan.

It is ex­pected to com­plete the in­stal­la­tion of mul­ti­ple-card read­ers in Eastern Tai­wan in 2016.

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