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Tomb Sweeping shuttle buses a success in inaugural weekend

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei City Transportation Office (臺北市公共運輸處) released a statement celebrating over 140,000 passengers on the Tomb Sweeping free shuttle bus service during the first weekend of its launch.

Usually celebrated from April 4-6, the Tomb Sweeping Festival has been a national holiday since the passing of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek in 1975. The festival was made a holiday in order to allow citizens to mourn the former president's death at the time and to also give citizens a chance to perform their filial piety duties.

The free shuttle bus service to three major public cemeteries in Taipei city recorded 66,840 passengers on its first day of operation on Saturday, March 22. The warm weather on Sunday, March 23 attracted over 81,141 people, bringing the total amount of passengers on the first weekend to 147,981. Due to the added convenience of the shuttle service, families paying honor to their ancestors crowded the Taipei Nangang Military Cemetery, the Yangmingshan Pagoda and the Fude Cemetery. The city government also increased the shuttle departures from every three to five minutes to every one to two minutes.

Free childcare services and refreshments provided at the service centers were also very well-received. Both programs were implemented for the first time this year, and received positive remarks from visitors praising the thoughtfulness of the city government.

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