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Date:109-08-31
Division:運輸管理科
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The Transportation Bureau Launches Bus Network Evaluation Project

Citizens have been refraining from gathering in public places due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a significant decrease in public transportation ridership in Kaohsiung. Compared to the same period last year, the monthly bus ridership dropped by up to 30% in the first half of 2020. Buses carrying no passengers can now often be seen. To make effective use of limited bus subsidy resources, the Transportation Bureau analyzed the big data of about 48 million payments made by smart cards per year, and initiated the “Bus Network Evaluation Project.” Through the project, the Bureau implemented a rolling review of bus routes and services, and reallocated limited resources from those with less efficiency to routes with a higher potential for demand. Moreover, it continued to make improvements according to public response to enhance bus service quality simultaneously.

The Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government launched the “Bus Network Evaluation Project” to reduce unnecessary waste. The Transportation Bureau pointed out that Kaohsiung City Bus has 169 routes, and among them, 20 main line bus routes with better operational conditions carry an average of over 15 passengers per journey; on the other hand, 20 routes with lower efficiency carry only an average of 6.1 passengers per journey. For instance, R59, the route with the lowest efficiency, carries only an average of 0.1 passengers per journey (meaning that it is empty 90% of the time), where readjustment is certainly needed. Therefore, the Bureau launched the Bus Network Evaluation Project to reduce empty buses, increase their average ridership, and allocate more resources to main line bus routes or other areas with higher potential for demand.

The Director-General of the Transportation Bureau, Chang Shu-Chuan, pointed out that boosting bus efficiency is vital to create a sustainable and sound public transportation environment. The Transportation Bureau also continues to improve service quality during the review process. Complaints received from the public are often about buses passing bus stops without stopping, delays, and bad attitudes of drivers. To solve relevant problems, the Bureau dispatches personnel to conduct an inspection, monitors real-time bus information system, carries out regular evaluations, and organizes best driver voting campaigns. The Bureau also caters to citizens’ transportation needs by offering transfer and shuttle services such as the taxi-bus service and YouBike 2.0, which are well-received lately. The aim is to achieve a balance between enhancing efficiency and providing adequate basic transportation, and to reduce inconvenience to citizens.

The Transportation Bureau is currently running MeN Go monthly pass promotional campaign. Those who purchase Men Go monthly passes from today to September 30 can get NT$200 or NT$249 off, enjoy free ferry rides 4 times, rent Youbike 2.0 free for the first 30 minutes for unlimited journeys, and get 200 to 600 MeN Go Points that can be redeemed for taxis, shared e-scooters, and MRT transfer parking. The offer is a real bargain; citizens are welcome to make good use of it.
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Updated:2020-09-21