HEFTY BUS FARE:Ko Wen-je says that Taipei paid New Taipei City NT$86.26m too much for bus subsidies, and that he cannot reach campaigning Mayor Eric Chu
Date: Nov 01, 2015
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) yesterday said he would file a lawsuit against the New
Taipei City Government if it does not return excess payments Taipei made to subsidize its bus system.
People First Party Taipei City Councilor Vivian Huang (黃珊珊) brought the issue to the fore during a city council question-and-answer session on Friday and asked Ko to demand a refund from the newly nominated Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) presidential candidate, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫).
Under a bilateral subsidy program, the two municipalities issue a subsidy toward each other’s bus system every four years, but due to a difference in the average bus fare calculated by the two cities, the Taipei City Government had paid an excess of NT$86.26 million (US$2.62 million) between 2007 and 2010, Huang said. [FULL STORY]