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Ticket prices for intercity bus services may increase by as much as NT$100

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuo-Kuang Motor Transport (國光客運) yesterday announced that ticket prices for intercity bus services are scheduled to increase and the new prices could be applied by the end of this March.

According to Kuo-Kuang, the transportation company has been expecting to up ticket prices for most intercity bus services and, depending on the routes, the price hike will range between NT$20 and NT$100.

Kuo-Kuang said that the regular one-way ticket price for the Taipei-Tainan route will be increased from NT$360 to NT$460, and the regular one-way ticket price for the Taichung-Tainan route will be increased from NT$170 to NT$270.

According to Kuo-Kuang, promotional bus ticket prices will be raised by NT$100 as well.

Kuo-Kuang said that this price increase plan will be submitted to the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) by the end of February.

DGH Deputy Director-General Chen Mao-nan (陳茂南) said that adjusting the price for discount tickets is a flexible policy from intercity bus service operators, and officials will further research and inspect the reasons for the price increase after receiving the price adjustment plan from Kuo-Kuang.

Chen said that the DGH will also demand intercity bus service operators discuss the possibility of providing lower ticket prices for buses that travel during off-peak hours.

Wu Chung-hsi (吳忠錫), general manager of Kuo-Kuang Motor Transportation Company, said that the cost of company operations has increased due to higher fuel prices and adjustments of salary structures.

"The ticket prices for part of the bus routes are relatively low, so the company decided to completely review the ticket prices and increase the prices for regular tickets," said Wu.

However, Wu said that the ticket prices will still be lower than the regulated maximum price from the DGH, and there will be ticket prices for popular bus routes that are lower than regular discounted ticket prices.

United Bus Co.'s General Manager Bai Te-tsun (白德存) said that people who choose intercity bus services are mostly students and soldiers, so they will evaluate the acceptance of the consumer market before making any adjustments to ticket prices.

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