Hochen Tan defends shortened hours

THREE TO A CAR:The bureau has decided to enforce high occupancy vehicle hours from 7am to 12pm on the Sun Yat-Sen Freeway and Formosa Freeway on Saturday

Taipei Times
Date: May 24, 2017
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

Armed with data collected during major holidays, Minister of Transportation and

Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan holds up a document as he tells reporters in Taipei yesterday about transport arrangements for the four-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday that begins on Saturday. Photo: Cheng Wei-chi, Taipei Times

Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) yesterday defended the ministry’s decision to shorten the duration of freeway toll-free hours during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival weekend, and said that motorists would not experience the severe traffic congestion typically seen on holidays.

Based on the National Freeway Bureau’s plan, the toll-free freeway hours during the four-day weekend are to be from 12am to 5am on Saturday and Tuesday next week and from 3am to 5am on Sunday and Monday.

Because the bureau estimated that southbound traffic volume would hit a historic high on the first day of the holiday, the bureau also decided to enforce high occupancy vehicle (HOV) hours from 7am to 12pm on both the Sun Yat-Sen Freeway (Freeway No. 1) and Formosa Freeway (Freeway No. 3) on Saturday.    [FULL  STORY]

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