More TRA stations now EasyCard, iPASS friendly
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.