Taipei residents with contactless Easycards will be able to tap and pay for trips on Taiwan’s high speed rail by the end of the year, according to Focus Taiwan.
The new service is expected to save the average commuter 20 minutes of standing in line, which will in turn allow the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp to double its transportation load of 110,000 passengers per day, says Ou Chin-der, Chairman of the THSRC.
First introduced in 2002, Easycards can be used to pay fares on Taipei’s metro system, as well as to make purchases at small retailers and supermarkets around the city.
There are currently more than 10 million Easycards are in circulation in Taiwan, according to Focus Taiwan.
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