First month will be free, second month half-price
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The highest price for a ticket on the Airport Mass Rapid Transit Line from Taipei Station to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will cost NT$160 (US$5), with services likely to start before the Lunar New Year, reports said Friday.
Completion of the line has been delayed due to technical problems and construction disputes, with the latest expectation having trains start rolling next February. It should even be possible to have trains running by the start of the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsang said Friday.
Ticket prices will vary depending on the distance traveled, he announced after a meeting of his government’s pricing review committee.
An independent review body, Ricardo Hong Kong Ltd., had already supplied the necessary safety certifications within the last few days, reports said, allowing another battery of tests to go ahead, probably this weekend. All work on the line would be completed before the Lunar New Year, Cheng said. This included seven days of major testing of the trains, he added.
The first month of operations, the rides would be free, while during the second month, travelers would pay half the official rate, according to Cheng. [SOURCE]