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Taipei, New Taipei to Negotiate Bus Fare Adjustment

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu jointly hosted the 2nd mayor-level meeting for the “Twin Taipei Cooperation Platform” at City Hall on March 22.
The two leaders both agreed that it is critical to improve the Greater Capital Living Sphere, affairs regarding which should be addressed through an established negotiation mechanism.
According to Ko, a joint commission should be set up to deal with issues concerning both sides, for example the adjustment of public bus fares and routes. Echoing his opinions, Chu noted that the two municipalities must work together to set public transportation rates after taking into consideration all factors such as oil price fluctuation. Ko pointed out that transportation departments from the two sides have been instructed to look into the issue, with news bus fares expected to be implemented in May.

Speaking of the proposed MRT Minsheng Xizhi Line, Chu expressed his gratitude to his Taipei counterpart for supporting the project. He remarked that New Taipei will relay the consensus reached between the two cities to the central government, hoping to see the construction of the new MRT line approved without meeting obstacles and allowed to be executed in stages.
The two leaders also pledged to push ahead with policies of great interest to residents, from government-led urban renewal, lead water pipes, to mortuary services.