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Date:107-02-17
Division:運輸監理科
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Taxi-sharing Service to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park Surges in Popularity during the Spring Festival

Come and see the first ever skywalk in Kaohsiung by taking a shared taxi! The Siaogangshan Skywalk Park (also known as “The Gang Shan Eye”) started a trial operation on February 4. In addition to nine shuttle buses, the Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government also arranged the taxi-sharing service, offering greater comfort and mobility. The service, connecting seven different routes to five drop-off points, has been used by 5,000 passengers with taxis having responded to 1,100 service requests in the first three days of operation. The service was used by 3,000 passengers on the first day of the trial period.
In 2015, the Bureau initiated the first-of-its-kind interconnected taxi-sharing service in the country, promoting a taxi-sharing service network for northern and southern Kaohsiung. Nine taxi-sharing routes, based at the Zuoying HSR station and Gangshan South MRT station, that connect to sightseeing, shopping, and medical care locations were created to cater to the needs of different tourists. In 2017, the service was highly praised with taxis traveling over 12 thousand rounds and the service being used by over 45 thousand passengers; on average, the taxis served nearly 4000 passengers every month.
Chen Ching-Fu, the director-general of Kaohsiung City Government's Transportation Bureau, stated that due to the narrow, meandering roads leading to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park, private vehicles ranging from small passenger sedans to motorcycles are not allowed onto Siaogangshan Mountain. The control area of the park at the top of the mountain is only open to sightseeing buses and shared taxis. The Bureau has arranged five drop-off locations at the Gangshan South MRT Station, Dajhuang Park, Agongdian Reservoir, Agongdian Forest Park, and at the peak for tourists to take shuttle buses and shared taxis going to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park.
In response to the opening of Siaogangshan Skywalk Park, a new sightseeing spot in Kaohsiung, the Bureau arranged seven taxi-sharing routes, traveling from Gangshan South Station to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park, Agongdian Reservoir, Agongdian Forest Park and Dajhuang Park, as well as from Siaogangshan Skywalk Park to Agongdian Reservoir, Agongdian Forest Park and Dajhuang Park. The service is operated by the Gangshan Taxi Association (Reservation hotline: 0958-499-030, complaint hotline: 0931-743-607). The shared taxi fare per person is NT$50. The public is welcome to use this taxi-sharing service that takes you directly to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park.
Director-General Chen Ching-Fu mentioned that nine shuttle buses stopping at Agongdian Reservoir, Agongdian Forest Park, Siaogangshan Skywalk Park, and Dajhuang Park were arranged at 10- to 15-minute intervals on the first day of trial operation on February 4 to provide tourists transportation to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park. Meanwhile, the taxi-sharing service was organized to cater to tourists travelling with children or seniors and those on tight schedules with a faster traveling alternative.
Chen said that, in response to the great number of visitors expected at the new park, the Bureau had arranged a sufficient number of shuttle buses. However, with restrictions on roadways and bus capacity limited to only 25 people on the mountain roads, the shuttle bus that stops at Gangshan South Station, Dajhuang Park, Agongdian Reservoir, Agongdian Forest Park, and Siaogangshan Skywalk Park have witnessed queues of people to take the buses on the day of trial operation. People are advised to use the taxi-sharing service to enter the control area if they are in a hurry because it is a time-saving, cost-effective and convenient way to go up the mountain to see the boundless, spectacular view.
Mrs. Lee from Taipei said, “Our family took advantage of the winter vacation to travel to Kaohsiung. We looked around Siaogangshan Skywalk Park because it’s free to enter during the trial period. We took a taxi from the Gangshan South MRT Station. It’s convenient, time-saving, and suitable for our family.” Ms. Lee, who came after hearing about the new park on the news said, “My friend and I parked our car at Dajhuang Park and shared a taxi to Siaogangshan Skywalk Park. It saves a lot of time and effort. We think this makes the trip quite cost-effective.”
To ensure a safe and pleasant travelling experience for the public and enhance the quality of service, the taxi operators are mandated by the Bureau to use new vehicles manufactured within the last five years. The Bureau set taxi fares on the seven routes connecting to the park based on the Kaohsiung City Government’s taxi-sharing service fare rules, which were another “first of its kind” throughout the nation, to provide the public an economic, cost-effective transportation service. It costs NT$50 per person to take a shared taxi from Siaogangshan Skywalk Park to Dajhuang Park. Citizens can enjoy a fare system that is open, transparent and cost-effective.
The Bureau initiated a hub-and-spoke taxi-sharing network in Kaohsiung to promote its tourism activities and the ride-sharing service. The well-developed public transportation system in Kaohsiung, enhanced by the establishment of a paratransit network, provides differentiated services for shopping, sightseeing, and medical care to cater for tourists’  different needs. Differentiated standards for taxi fares are expected to increase taxi drivers’ incomes and help tourists to make good use of their limited budgets. Providing various means of transportation by which to travel in Kaohsiung can help boost tourism in Kaohsiung and promote sustainable transport.
The Bureau says that if anyone has an issue with the taxi service, such as overcharging or bad service, they can write down the vehicle registration number on the license plate and related information— such as time, date and location— to file a complaint with the Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City (complaint hotline: 07-7228465). Once the case is verified, the competent authority will take punitive action according to the Highway Act.
For more information, please contact Su Chun-Chin, the division chief of the Transportation Supervision Division, at 0963-111-811
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