Oct 01, 2019 General Comments Off on Freeway traffic control measures announced for National Day
Taipei-Traffic control measures will be implemented on the nation's freeways for the four-day Double Ten National Day weekend to help avoid traffic congestion, transport officials said Tuesday.
The traffic control measures will be in place from Oct. 10-13 and tolls will be suspended from midnight to 5 a.m. for the first three days, and midnight to 10 a.m. on Oct. 13, according to the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau.
A unified rate of NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer will be charged during the holiday period, a 25 percent discount from the standard rate.
Motorists traveling between the Hsinchu and Yanchao interchanges on National Freeway No. 3 will receive an additional 20 percent off, it said.
However, the standard toll-free first 20km of travel on all freeways will be suspended during the holiday, the bureau added.
Between 7 a.m. and noon on Oct. 10 and Oct. 11, only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed to enter Freeway No. 5 southbound lanes from the Nangang onramp in Taipei and the Shiding and Pinglin onramps in New Taipei, it noted.
On Oct. 10, motorists entering Freeway No. 1 southbound lanes between Neihu and Toufen, as well as Freeway No. 3 south bound lanes between Mucha and Xiangshan will also be subject to high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) controls.
The same rules will apply to Freeway No. 5 northbound lane onramps from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12-13 in Su'ao, Luodong, Yilan City and Toucheng in Yilan County, it said.
The bureau recommended that south-bound motorists who meet HOV requirements, travel during off-peak hours, which will fall between 9-12 a.m. on Oct. 10.
For non-HOV cases, the best time to head south is in the afternoon of Oct. 10 or morning of Oct. 11, it said.
Meanwhile, off-peak hours for northbound travel will be on the mornings of Oct. 12-13, according to the bureau.
For real-time traffic updates, go to http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/?lang=en or download the mobile application available at http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/app.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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