Nov 16, 2014 UncategorizedComments Off on City’s Paratransit Fleet Expands to 320
On behalf of Taipei, Mayor Hau Lung-bin received the donation of a paratransit bus from Lady Tseng Gui-hsiang on November 15. The donation marked the fulfillment of a promise he made to the residents eight years ago – to expand the city’s paratransit bus fleet to 320 before leaving office.
Hau remarked that the city government commanded a fleet of 160 paratransits when he first assumed office. Acknowledging that demand often exceeded the supply of vehicles, he pledged to accomplish the ambitious goal after taking into account Public Transportation Office’s calculation on the number of buses the City required.
Expressing his gratitude to organizations and individuals who have donated paratransit buses, the mayor lauded them for contributing to the creation of an obstacle-free environment for the physically challenged residing in Taipei. He also paid special tribute to Lady Tseng in the ceremony, noting that her husband was among those who have encountered difficulty in accessing the transportation service due to inadequate resources.
Hau reckoned that the City requires approximately 60,000 paratransit services each month to benefit 2,000 to 3,000 riders a day. Each vehicle needs to make 6 to 7 trips daily. He took the opportunity to thank the drivers of the paratransits. They play a vital role in helping the disabled passengers.
In addition to the paratransit services, Hau stressed that a range of policies have also been implemented throughout his tenure with a view to establishing Taipei as an accessible city. These measures include arcade walkway leveling, expansion of low-floor buses, and more.