Highways free of charge during CNY
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- There will be no charge for highway use from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. during this year's Chinese New Year holiday from Feb. 9 and Feb. 17, Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) announced yesterday.
January 4, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Mao also said that there will be high-occupancy vehicle regulations in effect on the north-bound lanes of the Peiyi Expressway section of National Highway Number 5. Further details will be announced in the coming days.
The Legislature's Transportation Committee invited Mao to report on the plan that was proposed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) to relieve traffic during Chinese New Year.
National Freeway Bureau (NFB) Director-General Tseng Dar-jen (曾大仁), who also attended the Yuan Sitting, said “the travel time from Taipei to Kaohsiung via the highway during Chinese New Year could be controlled within six hours.”
According to the traffic relief report, the relief period will start from Feb. 9 until Feb. 17, and the estimated peak period of traffic on highway will be between Feb. 11 and 13.
The MOTC said that there will be more operations set up to relieve the traffic on different dates during Chinese New Year holiday, including opening road shoulders to traffic and having on-ramp signal controls.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) will focus on relieving traffic on the eastern part of Taiwan, the MOTC said. There will be an extra 401 trains scheduled for the eastern part of Taiwan and an additional 203 trains scheduled for Western Taiwan.
The MOTC said that the 16 newly purchased Puyuma (普悠瑪號) trains from Japan will be operated from Feb. 6 to help bring more passengers to their destinations during Chinese New Year. The train tickets will be available for purchase on Jan. 22.
According to the MOTC, Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) will add an additional 333 trains to their schedule during the holidays. However, there will be no early bird discount during the holidays. The tickets will be open for sale on Jan. 11.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration said that flights to Penghu, Kinmen, and Lianjiang County are already on sale. The tickets for additional flights to these destinations will be available on Jan. 16.
Traffic Control at Top 10 Tourist Spots
The NFB and the Tourism Bureau listed the 10 most popular tourist attractions that will require enforcement of traffic control.
According to the NFB, Wuling Farm, one of the most popular tourist spots, will only allow 5,000 tourists per day to enter during the holidays. Around 1,800 tourists will be allowed to stay overnight while the remaining 3,200 tourists will only be allowed to spend a day there.
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Management Office said that the total number of tourists to enter the area during Chinese New Year is expected to be 640,000. There will be shuttle services provided from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the holidays.
Top 10 Most Popular Tourist Attractions:
Wuling Farm (武陵農場)
Alishan National Scenic Area (阿里山)
Guanziling Hot Spring (關子嶺)
Chulu Ranch (初鹿牧場)
Xitou Nature Education Area (溪頭)
Nanzhuang Township (南庄)
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center (佛陀紀念館)
Jiufen and Jinguashi (九份及金瓜石)
Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area (日月潭)