More Buses to Add Ticket Validation Machines at Rear Doors
The Public Transportation Office (PTO) announced that an additional 2,799 ticket validation machines will be installed on public buses by the end of June 2017.The new units will be placed at the rear doors of public buses. For buses with machines located at both the front entrance and back entrance, passengers will be able to board and disembark at any available doors, facilitating crowd flow. During rush hours, this measure will help speed up the boarding and disembarking processes significantly, thereby boosting the service efficiency of the City’s bus system.Taipei City Joint Bus System began installation of ticket validation machines at the back entrance of bus route 518 in January 2011. Receiving positive feedback from passengers, the pilot project was expanded to cover 7 city bus lines, including routes 518, R32, Xinyi Express, 39, 234, 22, and 74.According to PTO, the agency will require bus operators to ensure that data of both the front door and rear door ticket validation machines are linked before service can be provided. This is necessary to avoid irregularities with fare deductions for passengers.