Aloha Transport to Cease Operating Remaining Routes 阿羅哈客運僅存2路線 12/14停止營運

Aloha Transport, which has operated for more than 20 years, recently sent an internal memo to employees saying it will cease operating the two routes it currently serves on Dec. 14 due to the pandemic situation. The Kaohsiung Motor Vehicle Office has confirmed the news.


Station personnel rush to help senior citizens with their luggage. Many of those who have taken Aloha Transport buses say this excellent service is why they keep coming back. According to reports, the company, which has been in operation for 23 years, sent an internal memo to employees on Dec. 1 notifying them that it will stop operating the only two routes it has left, Taipei to Kaohsiung and Taipei to Chiayi, on Dec. 14. Both employees and passengers were upset and surprised by the news. 

Aloha Bus Kaohsiung Station Personnel:"I've been working for Aloha Transport my entire life. Today, I'm proud of Aloha. Tomorrow, I will honor it. All good things have to come to an end."

Passenger: “It's such a pity. That's right, I don't know what I'm going to take in the future. I'm going to go next door to Ho-Hsin Bus Traffic and ask if they go to Wugu.”

There were only two passengers aboard the 10 a.m. bus that departed for Taipei on Dec. 2. Personnel said passenger numbers declined steeply after the high speed rail opened. The pandemic situation during the past two years has also been hard on them, and the company suffered major accidents in 2017 and 2019 with numerous casualties. The news that the company was ceasing operations enraged local residents, who were angry on behalf of employees.

Resident: “There are a lot of employees. If they're the sole breadwinner in their home, what are they going to do?”

Wang Kwo-tsai, MOTC Minister: “I'm hoping that domestic travel can recover. Yesterday, I asked the Directorate General of Highways to find out more.”

Residents urged the government to help the employees. Aloha Transport's headquarters is located in Kaohsiung. The city's Labor Affairs Bureau said it hasn't yet been notified about any mass layoffs. Meanwhile, the Kaohsiung Motor Vehicle Office confirmed that the company will stop serving the two routes. It also said the company will hold a shareholders' meeting on Dec. 3 and it may announce whether or not it is shutting down.

 

 

 


老人家剛下車,站務人員就上前幫忙提行李,親切的服務一直是乘客對這家客運的印象,但現在卻傳出經營23年多的阿羅哈客運,1日發出內部公告,表示僅剩的2條路線:台北到高雄、台北到嘉義,將在14日停止營運,等於將全面停駛,老員工跟乘客難過又錯愕。

高雄總站站務人員說:「一日阿羅哈,我是終身阿羅哈,今日為阿羅哈為榮,明日我為它爭光,天底下沒有不散的宴席。」

乘客表示:「很可惜啊,我不知道以後何去何從,我等一下還要到隔壁去問那個和欣看有沒有到五股。」

2日一早10時往台北的班次,只有2個乘客上車,員工表示過去高鐵開通,已經讓客運流失不少乘客,這2年的疫情更是重重打擊;而2019年及2017年的重大死傷事故,同樣重創阿羅哈,如今突然預告停駛,也讓附近居民氣得為員工抱不平。

附近居民說:「很多員工啊,如果是一家之主,都靠那一份薪水,要怎麼辦啊?」

交通部長王國材表示:「展望說現在國旅能夠復甦,這個部份,我昨天已經請公路總局進行了解。」

民眾呼籲政府幫幫員工,總部在高雄的阿羅哈客運,高雄勞工局表示,尚未收到業者通報大量資遣,而高雄區監理所證實路線停駛一事,表示業者3日將召開股東會,可能到時才確認是否歇業。但若真的要歇業,恐怕對員工來說,明年將有個難過的年。

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