Friday, April 8, 2016

Record high ridership aboard Taipei tomb-sweeping buses

ChinaPost : "
TAIPEI -- Free buses for people heading to clean up ancestral graves in Taipei for Tomb Sweeping Day carried a record high number of 775,843 passengers this year, according to bus operators.
The buses, a measure meant to alleviate traffic as people flocked to public cemeteries, made 16,476 trips on March 22-23 and 29-30 and the three-day Tomb Sweeping Day weekend April 4-6.

The buses took passengers to Fu-Der Cemetery, the Nangang military cemetery and Yangmingshan Cemetery and others subject to traffic controls, imposed out of concern that the narrow roads leading to the cemeteries would be packed with people.

Last year's buses carried a previous record of around 720,000 passengers, according to statistics compiled by Capital Bus, Taipei Bus and Metropolitan Transport Corporation, the three companies operating the free buses."

Chang Gung Hospital, Nursing Care, and Senior Living operate a fleet of fare-free buses



Thursday, March 17, 2016

Taipei to triple biking network, people switching from motor vehicles to bicycles

The Guardian: "Taipei has announced plans to more than triple the length of its network of segregated city centre bike lanes to 120 miles by 2019. In addition, there are 240 miles of shared use pavements, and 70 miles of riverside cycleways outside the city’s flood defence levees, which are hugely popular with leisure cyclists at weekends.

Combined with the implementation of on-street parking fees for cars and scooters, the approach seems to be working – a survey showed an estimated 31.2% of people riding YouBikes had switched from motorbikes and 4.4% from private cars."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

柯P用價格手段消滅交通亂象,高招!

ETtoday 鍾文榮:

"柯市長這幾招會讓機車通勤族的實質通勤成本增加,透過降低大眾交通運輸費率的方式拉低兩個成本之間的差距,即使無法消滅交通亂象,雖不中,亦不遠矣。"

Do we really want this? 我們真的要這樣生活?

Try navigating that! A five-level overpass in Chongqing is quite an intricate piece of work. (Photos: photostock.china.com.cn) #TrendingToday

Posted by Trending in China on Monday, March 14, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Government moves to bolster long-term care system

eiu.com : "On February 22nd a proposal to fund Taiwan's long-term care system partially through annual contributions directly from taxes and the regular annual government budget, with NT$30bn (US$940.1m) and NT$3bn respectively, was announced by the president-elect, Tsai Ing-wen."

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Walking through 228 : 10 Facts About 228

Outreach for Taiwan: "The 228 Incident/Massacre, (二二八事件), is an event in Taiwan’s history that is not commonly known; the exact number of victims remain a mystery other than that tens of thousands suffered. What is known is that it was a conflict between the incoming ROC government and the inhabitants of Taiwan. Although many have heard of the bloody incident in recent years, it remains controversial. Here are 10 facts that you should know about 228:"