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Freeway tolls to get Chinese New Year discount

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Freeway tolls will be adjusted to NT$0.9 per kilometer during the Chinese New Year holidays, the National Freeway Bureau (NFB) said yesterday.

The NFB also said that toll fees for drivers using National Highway 3 to travel between Hsinchu and Kaohsiung will be cut by 20 percent.

According to the new freeway toll system slated to launch on Dec. 30, each vehicle will receive 20 free kilometers per day and toll fees for drivers who travel less than 200 kilometers on freeways per day will be set at NT$1.2 per kilometer, with tolls for distances driven after completing 200 kilometers on a given day automatically discounted by 25 percent.

The NFB said that during the Chinese New Year holiday, concerns focus on an abrupt influx of drivers who will travel long distances in order to return home, so free tolls will be canceled during the holidays.

When considering that many drivers might prefer National Highway 3 to National Highway 1 during the Chinese New Year holiday, the NFB said that there will be 20-percent discounts offered to drivers who travel between Hsinchu and Kaohsiung on National Highway 3 during the holidays.

The NFB said that drivers who have installed electronic toll collection (ETC) systems can also receive the 20-percent discounts along with the original discounts they may already enjoy, enabling them to receive a net discount of 28 percent on tolls.

According to the NFB, traffic flows for each day during the Chinese New Year holiday will range from around 1.8 million to 2.9 million, and Feb. 2 will be the peak day for traffic flow, which will see a twofold increase on traffic flow of a standard day.

The NFB also said that there will be high occupancy control measures put into place during the Chinese New Year holiday on National Highways 1, 3, and 5, meaning that each vehicle will have to carry at least three people in order to enter freeways.

Train Transportation during Chinese New Year holidays

The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) yesterday announced that there will be 540 extra trains scheduled from Jan. 28 to Feb. 5 for the Chinese New Year holiday.

According to the TRA, ticket sales for additional trains traveling along the east coast will be launched on Jan. 7, while sales of tickets for trains traveling on the west coast line will be launched on Jan. 8.

Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) said that there will be 291 extra trains added to schedules from Jan. 27 to Feb. 5, along with early bird and college student discounts.

According to THSR, sales for the Chinese New Year holiday will kick off on Dec. 31.

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