Presentation of Taoyuan Smart Bus / Mayor Cheng: promote the public transportation services which are more humanistic, friendly, safe, and cheap and can improve the quality of public transportation
Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan attended the “Press Conference of Presentation of Taoyuan Smart Bus” at the plaza in front of Department of Cultural Affairs on October 30. Mayor Cheng stated public transportation was the indicator of convenient urban traffic, and it could reduce the urban traffic burden. After Taoyuan was promoted to be a municipality, the city government actively promoted bus improvement plans so that bus service had comprehensive improvement. The traffic volume grew about 5.71 million person/time compared with 2016. Taoyuan won the Gold Transportation Award in “2017 Award for Growth of Urban Bus Traffic Volume” by Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The city government promoted the smart bus plan, installed the vehicle safety system in the demonstrative bus, and promoted solar bus. The “new e-paper bus stops” with considerable seats were energy-saving and convenient for citizens. The city government cooperated with bus companies to promote the public transportation services which were more humanistic, friendly, safe, and cheap and could improvement the quality of public transportation.
Mayor Cheng said public transportation was not only one art of citizens' life but a required public service for a city. After Taoyuan was promoted to be a municipality, the city government actively promoted bus improvement plans so that bus service had comprehensive improvement. For example: there were only 56 routes before the promotion, and there were 172 routes after promotion. The traffic volume in 2017 grew about 5.71 million person/time compared with 2016, and the growth was two times of the sum of other 5 municipalities' growth in traffic volume. Taoyuan won the Gold Transportation Award in “2017 Award for Growth of Urban Bus Traffic Volume” by Ministry of Transportation and Communications and acquired 85.71 million of performance bonus. The number of accessible bus grew by five times from 74 in 2014 to 362 in 2018. More than 1.16 million Citizen Cards have been issued by September of this year (2018). The city government promoted the Citizen Card discount (buy one and get one free under 8 km; maximum ticket price NTD 60) for encouraging citizens to take bus with Citizen Cards. The city government promoted the express shuttle bus between Taipei and Taoyuan and provided the bus services between life circles. The city government also planned to integrate micro-circular bus such as free urban shuttle bus for better development. In addition, the city government established Jingguo Transfer Station, Changgung Transfer Station, and Bade Transfer Station to improve the quality of bus services.
Mayor Cheng stated the city government promoted the smart bus plan, introduced low-floor bus to Wanshou Line, installed payment machine at both entrances, and provided free Wi-Fi, bi-lingual announcement, route information in Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean. Vehicle safety systems were also installed, including “tire-pressure monitoring,” “driver monitoring,” “lane departure warning,” “distance control assist,” “blind spot detection,” and “video recording in the bus.” The status of bus would be reflected immediately. The city government has acquired the budget from Ministry of Transportation and Communications to install the systems in 30 buses along Wanshou Line. The systems would be installed in 45 more buses next year (2019). They would be planned to be installed in every bus or trash car in the future for the popularity of vehicle safety system.
Mayor Cheng pointed out the city government also established smart bus stops which should be on the sidewalk and require power, so the “new e-paper bus stops” with solar power were promoted. The bus stops were designed with considerable seats for citizens to take a rest as waiting for bus. The bus stops were also energy-saving. The initial goal was 100 e-paper bus stops providing more convenience for citizens. He also pointed out the usage rate of self-owned cars was low in Taiwan. The government should actively promote the public transportation system, and he hoped “the public transportation could be doubled, and the number of self-owned cars could be halved” to make smooth flow of traffic.