The operation of the 9026 intercity bus route between Keelung and Taipei recently changed hands, and the terminus was also changed from Nangang Bus Station to Nangang Exhibition Center. Keelung City Mayor George Hsieh of the KMT and Legislator Tsai Shih-ying of the DPP met on Dec. 29 to discuss the effects on the commuting rights and interests of Keelung residents. This was their first meeting since Hsieh beat Tsai to win the mayoral race.
Keelung City Mayor George Hsieh of the KMT and Legislator Tsai Shih-ying of the DPP shook hands while meeting on Dec. 29. This was their first meeting since Hsieh defeated Tsai in the Keelung City mayoral race in November. The reason for the meeting was because the operation of the 9026 intercity bus route between Keelung and Taipei recently changed hands, and the terminus was also changed from Nangang Bus Station to Nangang Exhibition Center. The two discussed the effects on the commuting rights and interests of Keelung residents to find a solution. The city government is aiming for two Taiwan Railway direct services from Keelung to Nangang during the morning rush hour, and hopes Tsai can bring this issue up at the legislature.
George Hsieh, Mayor, Keelung City: “The ideal solution that we and the Department of Transportation came up with regarding the services hasn't been finalized, and I believe they will be of great assistance to Keelung commuters who transfer in the greater Taipei area.”
Lin Ming-chih, Director, Legislator Tsai Shih-ying's Service Center: “It's all still under discussion, but there is a common understanding. Everyone will work hard together to coordinate future construction.”
The meeting lasted less than half an hour, and Tsai returned to the legislature afterwards. Hsieh said he'll go to the legislature next week to call on the KMT and TPP caucuses to ask for support. Hsieh and Tsai repeatedly sued each other during the mayoral election, and there are currently over 10 lawsuits pending. In a show of good faith, Hsieh asked his lawyer to withdraw the lawsuits.
George Hsieh, Mayor, Keelung City: “I think residents won't be happy if their mayor and their legislator are over there suing and countersuing each other. I personally feel this cooperation may be what residents want to see instead.”
The 1813 bus route will be terminated on Dec. 30 after a dozen or so years of operating between Keelung and Taipei. A DPP city councilor asked Hsieh on Dec. 29 to find solutions to minimize the inconvenience once the route stops operating.