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Date:110-03-02
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2021 CNY Traffic Relief Plans Proven Effective with Kaohsiung City Government’s Preemptive Efforts

Kaohsiung NewsThe seven-day Chinese New Year holiday this year (2021) came to an end on February 16. Before the holiday, the Kaohsiung City Government preemptively initiated traffic relief plans and designated temporary free parking on campus. During the holiday, it used traffic congestion forecasting to issue real-time traffic information and deployed police in advance to direct traffic. The efforts effectively eased traffic flows in general across the city.
According to the Transportation Bureau, with most people staying in Taiwan for vacation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plus pleasant weather in southern Taiwan, popular attractions in Kaohsiung saw an increase in visitors by 20 to 30% compared with the previous number. Statistics showed that during the seven-day holiday, the average of daily MRT passenger volume reached 163,000 people, with the number peaking at 228,000 on the third day of the Chinese New Year.
The LRT Da Nan Loop has been in operation before the holiday began, allowing the system which runs from Kaisyuan Park in the east along with popular attractions as Dream Mall, Asia New Bay Area, and Pier-2 Art Center to Gushan District Office in the west – to expend from 14 stations to 23 stations. As a result, LRT passenger volume increased by 103% year on year. The average daily passenger volume reached 37,000 people, and the number peaked at 55,000 on the third day of the Chinese New Year. The overall passenger volume was 259,000 people.
The daily ferry ridership was 24,000 people on average and peaked at 34,000 on the third day of the Chinese New Year. The overall ridership reached 171,000, making a 23% increase year on year. YouBikes were rented 36,000 times a day on average and were rented as many as 43,000 times on the fourth day of the Chinese New Year, showing that the public has adopted a habit of using public transportation and bicycle-sharing systems to travel to attractions.
The Transportation Bureau said that in response to surges in travelers returning home for the holiday, Mayor Chi-mai Chen instructed relevant divisions of the city government to plan ahead, tasking them with designating alternative routes at attractions and key traffic nodes, and preparing response and relief measures. He also asked the Bureau to set up the Chinese New Year Traffic Information Zone on the official website of the Transportation Bureau to provide travel information of tourist attractions. The public was also encouraged to use public transportation or park their vehicles at large parking lots near MRT or LRT stations and take MRT or LRT to tourist attractions.
In addition, this was the first year that the city government set up on-campus free parking. In the vicinity of 14 popular attractions in nine districts, including Gushan District, 22 schools, four district offices, and three additional sites were open as temporary parking lots for the public to park for free. Alternative routes were also planned at six attractions to help relieve traffic congestion along arterial roads.
The Transportation Bureau said that it used traffic congestion forecasting and early deployment of police to ease traffic flows during the holiday. By predicting traffic congestion one to two hours in advance and cooperating with the Traffic Division of the Police Department through the online police dispatch system, it was able to preemptively direct traffic flows. The Bureau also monitored traffic congestion at intersections and sent out traffic control information in a real-time manner, reminding road users to take alternative routes for the sake of smooth traffic. All preparedness and implementation were proved effective.
The Chinese New Year traffic relief plans this year have been recognized by the public. The Transportation Bureau will review the results of the plans and use them as a reference for future traffic control measures during Chinese New Year or long holidays to alleviate impacts brought by surges in visitors and vehicles on the traffic, so that people can enjoy their vacation and return home safely.
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Updated:2021-04-17