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Date:109-12-08
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An improved bus-waiting experience! The Transportation Bureau set up another 40 bus shelters and 70 seats this year!

The Transportation Bureau of Kaohsiung City Government set up an additional 40 bus shelters and 70 seats this year in order to enhance public transportation quality and improve bus-waiting environments. The effort made by the Bureau to build user-friendly, comfortable bus-waiting environments received public acclaim. The Bureau stated that more bus shelters would be built next year. Moreover, the Bureau will enhance and set up more bus facilities in rural areas and phase out facilities that have become obsolete.
Hot summer weather in southern Taiwan reduces people’s willingness to go out to take buses. For the purpose of creating comfortable bus-waiting environments, the Bureau built tailor-made bus shelters (standard-style or single-bench style) according to the site condition and public demand for bus services.
The construction of shelters at some bus stops was not feasible due to insufficient sidewalk spaces and stores’ business hours, as well as foot traffic flow for entrances and exits. For these bus stops, the Bureau conducted evaluations and set up seats that help make waiting for buses under the sun or in the rain less painful.
“Waiting for buses at the Singsing District Office stop used to be uncomfortable because there are too many institutional and commercial buildings near the bus stop, yet there was only a bus stop pole. But now the bus shelter built by the Bureau could shelter us from wind and rain. Also, there are new seats in the bus shelter where we can sit while waiting for buses. We hope that more bus shelters would be built in the future,” Ms. Hsu, a bus commuter, said.
Moreover, transportation services at the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) Sankuaicuo Train Station, which is located on Zihli Road and close to the Kaohsiung Senior High School (KSHS), are in high demand. With the opening of the train station, a new bus shelter and a bike-rental station are in place, making it convenient for KSHS students and the public to take TRA trains.
The Bureau stated that a total of 62 bus shelters had been built across previous county districts over the past 3 years. These facilities effectively meet the needs of senior citizens living in remote and rural areas, connecting the urban and rural areas. The Bureau will continuously build another 40 bus shelters to improve the overall service quality of bus-waiting areas in Kaohsiung, which will elevate public transportation facilities to the next level.
For the purpose of building better bus-waiting environments, the Bureau still accepts applications submitted by all village offices for building new bus shelters as long as there are spaces available (at least 1.3 meters wide and 3 meters long), with permissions given by landowners. After receiving applications, the Bureau will conduct on-site investigations along with road authorities, landowners, borough chiefs, store owners, and relevant units before starting the construction of bus shelters.
(Unit in charge: Transportation Facility Division; Division Chief: Li Guo-Jheng, 0963-111-802)
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Updated:2021-03-01