4-day weekend will see greater highway usage: Taiwan bureau

4-day weekend will see greater highway usage: Taiwan bureau

TAIPEI - In anticipation of the arrival of the four-day Tomb Sweeping Festival, which begins this Friday, the National Freeway Bureau estimates a southbound traffic surge at around 6 p.m. tonight.

The bureau suggested that travelers take advantage of nighttime travel during toll-free periods, or avoid easily congested traffic routes, such as National Freeway No. 1's Hukou to Hsinchu, Taichung System to Daya, Wangtian to Changhua and National Freeway No. 3's Ankeng to Zhonghe and Sanying to Daxi.

Differential rates will be adopted throughout the holiday. Free-of-charge periods are scheduled every day during the holidays from 12 a.m to 5 a.m for all national freeways while other time periods adopt regular rates, with an unified rate of NT$0.9 (S$0.04) per kilometer for small-sized vehicles.

Apart from toll-free periods for Freeway No. 3's Hsinchu System to Yanchao, other periods will adopt 20 per cent discounted fees.

The bureau estimated southbound traffic should peak on the morning of March 3, with an estimated 2.5 million to 2.8 million cars during the first three days of the holiday.

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