Taichung City Bus

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Taichung City Bus
臺中市公車
台中市公車013-FV.jpg
Route 55, a high capacity bus route in Taichung
Founded 1958
Locale Taichung City, Taiwan

Taichung City Bus (Chinese: 臺中市市區公車; pinyin: Táizhōng Shì Shìqūgōngchē or so called Chinese: 臺中市公車; pinyin: Táizhōng Shì Gōngchē) is managed by the Transportation Bureau, Taichung City Government in Taichung City, Taiwan. This includes bus routes 1–989 which are operated by different bus companies. The main part of the network provides bus service in downtown area, some other routes connect different districts, and the others serve residents in rural or remote area. There are some 210 routes to date.

Fares[edit]

The fares are calculated by mileage per ride. The basic fare is NT$20 for 10 km, and the extended fare is NT$2.431*(1+5% tax included) per km and round to the nearest integer.

From 1 June 2011 to 30 June 2015, taking buses whose route numbers are under 300 with any of four sorts of electronic tickets (including EasyCard (悠遊卡), I Pass (高捷一卡通) and Taiwan Easy Go Senior Card(台灣通敬老愛心卡), could benefit from a free ride below 8 kilometers.[1] From July 1, 2015, the same benefit extended from 8 km to 10 km, and the range of route numbers are no longer under 300.

Operators[edit]

List of Taichung City Bus Providers
name translated name number of routes running (May 2017 data) total running mileage in kilometer (May 2017 data) number of vehicles in service (May 2017 data) date established date joining Taichung City Bus network date leaving Taichung City Bus network
臺中汽車客運股份有限公司
台中客運
Taichung Bus Company, Ltd.
Taichung Bus
64 1,454.50 407 1 January 1958 18 February 1958
仁友汽車客運股份有限公司
仁友客運
Ren-Yeou Bus Company, Ltd.
Renyou Bus
15 297.75 76 31 December 1976 31 December 1976
統聯汽車客運股份有限公司
統聯客運
United Highway Bus Company Limited
Ubus
25 489.33 300 6 September 1989 1 August 2002
巨業交通股份有限公司
巨業交通
Geya Bus Transportation
Geya Bus
26 582.32 65 7 March 1974 1 March 2004
全航汽車客運股份有限公司
全航客運
Chuan Hang Bus Company Limited
Chuan Hang Bus
9 174.00 59 1998 20 March 2004
彰化汽車客運股份有限公司
彰化客運
Chang Hua Bus Company Limited
Chang Hua Bus
1 19.25 7 1 March 1942 1 January 2009
阿羅哈汽車客運股份有限公司
阿羅哈客運
Aloha Bus Company, Ltd
Aloha Bus
0 0 0 1999 10 March 2009 28 February 2013
豐原汽車客運股份有限公司
豐原客運
Fengyuan Bus Transportation Co., Ltd.
Fengyuan Bus
88 1958.10 229 22 October 1945 1 January 2010
和欣汽車客運股份有限公司
和欣客運
HO-HSIN BUS TRAFFIC CO.,LTD.
Ho Hsin Bus
2 30.60 16 15 December 1999 1 January 2011 29 February 2012
1 March 2013
東南汽車客運股份有限公司
東南客運
Southeast Bus Company Limited
Southeast Bus
6 123.70 42 18 June 2002 1 November 2011
豐榮汽車客運股份有限公司
豐榮客運
Green Transit Co., Ltd.
Green Transit
4 65.82 25 15 August 1968 1 October 2012
苗栗汽車客運股份有限公司
苗栗客運
MiaoLi Transportation Co., Ltd.
Miaoli Bus
3 50.60 4 1935 10 December 2012
中台灣客運股份有限公司
中台灣客運
Central Taiwan Bus Company Limited
Central Taiwan Bus/CTbus
20 481.08 101 24 September 2012 27 December 2012
南投汽車客運股份有限公司
南投客運
NANTOU BUS TRANSPORTATION CO.,LTD.
Nantou Bus
1 14.60 2 1951 1 September 2014
臺中快捷巴士股份有限公司
臺中快捷巴士
Taichung Rapid Transit Corporation Limited
Taichung Rapid Transit
0 0 0 1 October 2012 16 October 2015 30 June 2016
四方股份有限公司
四方客運
??
SF E-bus
1 10.20 5 13 May 2015 30 April 2016
捷順交通股份有限公司
捷順交通
??
Jieshun Bus
6 145.35 30 5 October 2015 30 April 2016
中鹿汽車客運股份有限公司
中鹿客運
??
Zhonglu Bus
3 124.40 19 15 December 1999 1 October 2016
總達客運股份有限公司
總達客運
??
Allday Bus
1 8.00 5 1998 7 March 2017
國光汽車客運股份有限公司
國光客運
Kuo-Kuang Motor Transportation Company Ltd.
Kingbus
2 40.30 10 15 June 2001 26 May 2017

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History[edit]

new made mix bus stop
Bus Route 75

Taichung Bus was established in 1958, commissioned by the Taichung Municipal Government to operate high capacity bus services. Renyou Bus was established in 1976 and became the second bus operator of the network. For some 25 years, the network are run by only these two companies. In order to widen the bus service network, the City Government let more bus companies operate since 2002. The number of operators have come to 16 since May 2016.

Notable events[edit]

Bus Route 132
Bus Route 253
  • 1 January 1958: The first Taichung City Bus operator, Taichung Bus was established.
  • 18 February 1958: Taichung City Bus started to operate.
  • 31 December 1976: Renyou Bus was established and joined the network.
  • 1 August 2003: All buses started to charge by the sections divided, and each section cost NT$13.
  • 15 October 2003: Taichung Bus Company experienced a 22-day employers' strike.
  • 4 August 2004: Taichung E card system was launched.
  • 16 August 2004: Taichung E card applies to routes of Taichung City Bus.
  • 17 May 2005: Taichung E Cards are issued to students residing in Taichung City, from Grade 4 Elementary to senior classes.
  • 1 June 2005: All buses started to charge by the mileage instead of the sections. Taichung E Card holders were offered free rides on downtown buses for one month.
  • 1 July 2005: Taichung E Card availability extend to 10 operators.
  • 1 June 2011: Each operators updated the electronic ticket sensors to be available for four sorts of cards(including EasyCard (悠遊卡), Taiwan Easy Go (台灣通, formerly Taichung E Card), I Pass (高捷一卡通), and ETC Card (遠東E通卡)). Passengers riding Taichung City Bus with one of those could benefit from a free ride below 8 kilometers each time.
  • 8 July 2015: A free ride below 8 kilometers was extended to 10 kilometers.
  • 1 July 2016: Easy Card, I Pass and Taiwan Easy Go Senior Card(台灣通敬老愛心卡) remained in service. Taiwan Easy Go and ETC card went out of service.

Route addition[edit]

Bus Route 68
Bus Route 105
  • 1 August 2002: Phase 1 of the high capacity bus (now route 71, 72, 73, 75, 77 and 79) was launched.
  • 1 February 2004: Phase 2 of the high capacity bus (now route 33, 60, 68, 70, 81 and 89) was launched.
  • 20 March 2004: Route 5, part of phase 2, started operating.
  • 23 August 2004: Route 83 started operating.
  • 1 November 2004: Route 66, part of phase 2, started operating.
  • 21 November 2005: As Taiwan High Speed Rail begin operating, Route 69 and 85 started operating.

2009~2010

  • 1 January 2009: Route 99 started operating.
  • 10 March 2009: Route 18 started operating.
  • 18 May 2009: Route 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57 (seven routes of Taichung Transit Jet bus or TTJ bus) and 67 started operating.
  • 1 January 2010: Route 58 started operating.
  • 1 July 2010: Route 28 started operating.

2011~2012

  • 1 January 2011: Route 50 and 215 started operating.
  • 14 February 2011: Route 9, 83, and 88 each added a Sub-route.
  • 1 June 2011: Route 59 and 277 started operating.
  • 28 June 2011: Route 115 started operating.
  • 29 August 2011: Route 90, 91, 92, 93 and 235 started operating.
  • 1 November 2011: Route 7 started operating.
  • 1 December 2011: Route 228 started operating.
  • 1 July 2012: Route 63 started operating.
  • 1 August 2012: Route Blue 1 (BL1), the first shuttle bus for BRT Blue Line, started operating.
  • 30 August 2012: Route 3 started operating.
  • 3 September 2012: Route 98 started operating.
  • 1 October 2012: Route 127 started operating.
  • 31 October 2012: Route 199 started operating.
  • 27 December 2012: Route 95 started operating.

2013~2014

  • 1 January 2013: Route 100 added a Sub-route.
  • 1 February 2013: Route 23 started operating. Route 210 added a Sub-route.
  • 1 April 2013: Route 14 added a Sub-route.
  • 10 April 2013: Route 150 and 162 started operating.
  • 1 July 2013: Route 151, 153 and Sub-route of 153 started operating.
  • 1 August 2013: Route 155 started operating.
  • 30 August 2013: Route 17, 152 and 154 started operating.
  • 29 November 2013: Route 12 started operating.
  • 1 January 2014: Route 151 added a Sub-route.
  • 10 February 2014: Route 97 started operating.
  • 1 March 2014: Route 155 added a Sub-route.
  • 28 March 2014: Route 156 started operating.
  • 26 June 2014: Route Blue 2 (BL2), started operating.
  • 1 July 2014: Route 95 added a Sub-route. Route 214 started operating.
  • 15 July 2014: Route 111 started operating.
  • 20 July 2014: Route 287 started operating.
  • 28 July 2014: BL3, BL5, BL6, BL7, BL9, BL10, BL11, BL12, BL13 started operating.
  • 1 August 2014: Route 283 started operating.
  • 1 September 2014: Route 39 and 157 started operating.
  • 1 October 2014: Route 133 started operating.
  • 1 November 2014: Route 123 started operating.

2015~2016

  • 15 January 2015: Route 281 added a Sub-route.
  • 15 June 2015: Route 32 started operating.
  • 1 August 2015: Route 658 started operating.
  • 16 October 2015: Route 616 and 617 started operating.
  • 1 March 2016: Route 500, 700 and 900 started operating.
  • 13 May 2016: Route 659 started operating.
  • 2 June 2016: Route 284 started operating.
  • 27 June 2016: Route 989 started operating.
  • 29 August 2016: Route 821 started operating.
  • 1 November 2016: Route 200 which runs on a new path started operating.
  • 1 December 2016: Route 85 which runs on a totally different path started operating.

Route transfer from highway bus lines[edit]

Bus Route 58
Bus Route 52
Route 40
Bus Route 98
Route transfer from highway bus lines
Date Former Number New Number Operator Remark
1 January 2011 6502
6503
(55) Fengyuan Bus
6505
6569
206, (55)
6507 207, (55)
6541
6570
208, (55)
6549 212
6552 213
6557 217
6560 225
6566 226
6571 258
6567 267
6576 268
6205 105 Renyou Bus
6210 125
14 February 2011 6100 100 Taichung Bus
6101 101
6106 106
6107 107
6131 131
6132 132
6146 146
1 June 2011 6580
6582
270 Fengyuan Bus
6584
6592
271
6581 276
6512 280
6509 285
6510 286
6517 289
6352 168 Geya Bus
6353 169
1 December 2011 6538 229 Fengyuan Bus
6545 230
6546 231
6548 232
1 January 2012 6142 142 Taichung Bus
6147 147
6163 163
1 July 2012 6600 209 Fengyuan Bus
6537 218
6645 221
6644 222
6643 223
6646 227
6575 256
6598 257
6574 260
6605 261
6585 262
1 October 2012 6559 170 Fengyuan Bus
6558 171
6561 172
6562 173
6534 182
6544 183
6535
6550
185
6532 186
6554 210
6551
6563
211
6553 216
6568 219
6572 266
1 November 2012 6258 158 Chuan Hang Bus
1 December 2012 6855 128 Taichung Bus
10 December 2012 5817 181 Miaoli Bus
1 January 2013 6863 102 Taichung Bus
6873 108
6500
6501
200 Fengyuan Bus
6504 202
6603 203
6539
6599
220
6530
6536
236
6522
6543
237
6531 238
6533 239
6577 250
6578 251
6601 252
6579 253
6590 263
6583 265
6604 269
6589 272
6597 273
6587 275
6586 278
6594 279
6523 281
6524 282
6525 283
6511 (285)
6513
6514
288
6527 290
6528 291
16 January 2013 6355 176 Geya Bus
6356 177
6360 180
1 March 2013 6540 240 Fengyuan Bus
6588 264
1658 159 Ubus
7507 160 Ho Hsin Bus
7508 161
18 March 2013 6377 164 Geya Bus
6378 165
6361 166
6380 167

Route combination and route number altering[edit]

Bus Route Blue 2 (now 11)
Bus Route 106 (now 323)
Bus Route 306
Bus Route 32
Bus Route 54
  • 1 September 2005: Route 105 and 145 run by Taichung Bus Company was combined and renumbered Route 9.
  • 1 July 2008: Route 102 was renumbered Route 82.
  • 1 May 2011: The Sub-routes of Route 88 and 9 were renumbered Route 57 and 6.
  • 1 September 2011: Shuttle bus of Route 83 was renumbered Route 86, and the Sub-route of Route 83 was renumbered Route 87.
  • 28 November 2011: Highway bus line 6115 was combined to City Bus Route 115.
  • 1 February 2013: Route 173 and 172 were combined to be Route 172.
  • 30 August 2013: Route 282 and Route 283 were combined to be Route 282.
List of number altering routes along Taiwan Boulevard
There were two phase of large change of a few routes' numbers when the BRT system was introduced on 28 July 2014, and when the BRT system was roughly suspended on 8 July 2015.
Former Number 28 July 2014 8 July 2015 Remark
57 57 307
86 86 301
326
169 169 306
83 83 303
Blue 12
88 88 304
Blue 7
168 168 305
Blue 6 The path of Route Blue 6 is same as section of Route 168.
87 cancelled 308 Half of the former path of Route 87 was replaced, and renumbered Blue 13.
Blue 13 The former Route 87 was restored with almost the same path and renumbered 308.
359 The substitute section of Route 87/Blue 13 was renumbered 359.
106 cancelled 323 Half of the former path of Route 106 was replaced, and renumbered Blue 9.
Blue 9 The former Route 106 was restored with almost the same path and renumbered 323.
354 The substitute section of Route 106/Blue 9 was renumbered 354.
146 cancelled 324 Half of the former path of Route 146 was replaced, and renumbered Blue 10.
Blue 10 The former Route 146 was restored with almost the same path and renumbered 324.
356 The substitute section of Route 146/Blue 10 was renumbered 356.
147 cancelled 325 Half of the former path of Route 147 was replaced, and renumbered Blue 11.
Blue 11 The former Route 147 was restored with almost the same path and renumbered 325.
357 The substitute section of Route 147/Blue 11 was renumbered 357.
150 cancelled 302 Half of the former path of Route 150 was replaced.
150 The former path of Route 150 was restored slightly different and renumbered 302.
358 The substitute section of Route 150 was renumbered 358.
Blue 2 11
Blue 1 351
Blue 3 352
Blue 5 353
BRT Blue Line 300
  • 1 December 2015: Route 175, 176 and 177 were combined to be Route 677.
  • 1 August 2016: Route 16, 21 and 31 were combined to be Route 21.
  • 1 November 2016: Route 200 was renumbered Route 771.

Route cancellation and restoration[edit]

Bus Route 155
Bus Route 39
Bus Route 180
Bus Route 82
  • 26 June 2006: Route 34 of Taichung Bus and Roue 6, 10, and 38 of Renyou Bus ended operating.
  • 1 January 2007: Route 2, 11, 42 and 89 of Renyou Bus ended operating.
  • 1 May 2007: Route 89 were restored by Renyou Bus.
  • 10 January 2008: Route 61 of Renyou Bus ended operating.
  • 1 July 2008: Route 61 were restored by Ubus.
  • 1 November 2008: Taichung Bus suspended Route 66. Renyou Bus ran the route temporarily, and Taichung Bus later restored it.
  • 10 November 2008: Route 103, 108, and 136 of Taichung Bus ended operating.
  • 1 January 2010: Route 57 was cancelled.
  • 5 December 2011: Route 22 of Renyou Bus were cancelled.
  • 16 October 2013: Route 291 was cancelled.
  • 1 July 2014: Sub-route of Route 90 and Route 259, 268 were cancelled.
  • 28 July 2014: Route 87, 106, 146 and 147 were cancelled.
  • 1 September 2014: Route 221, 230, 231 were cancelled.
  • 1 April 2015: Route 115 was cancelled.
  • 1 February 2016: Route 256 and 257 were cancelled.

Route extension[edit]

Route shortening[edit]

Route ownership transfer[edit]

Route ownership transfer
Date of Transfer Route Number Former Owner New Owner Remark
1 January 2010 51 Chang Hua Bus Fengyuan Bus
52 Ubus Chang Hua Bus
1 January 2011 54 Taichung Bus Ho Hsin Bus
55 Ubus Fengyuan Bus
1 March 2012 54 Ho Hsin Bus Taichung Bus
7 October 2012 67 Geya Bus Southeast Bus
1 March 2013 18 Aloha Bus Ubus
17 April 2013 Suffering financial situations, Renyou Bus could not afford running all of its 15 routes any longer. Transportation Bureau immediately made 11 of the 15 routes ran temporarily by other operators.
Route Number Former Owner Temporary Operator Remark
1 Renyou Bus Taichung Bus
20 Renyou Bus Fengyuan Bus
25 Renyou Bus Taichung Bus
29 Renyou Bus Chang Hua Bus
31 Renyou Bus Fengyuan Bus
37 Renyou Bus Chuan Hang Bus
40 Renyou Bus Green Transit
48 Renyou Bus Chuan Hang Bus
72 Renyou Bus Taichung Bus
89 Renyou Bus Taichung Bus
125 Renyou Bus Taichung Bus
29 April 2013 Renyou Bus released those 11 routes. Transportation Bureau selected a few operators for permanent routes' transfer.
1 June 2013 Route Number Temporary Operator New Owner Remark
1 Taichung Bus Central Taiwan Bus
20 Fengyuan Bus Central Taiwan Bus
25 Taichung Bus Central Taiwan Bus
29 Chang Hua Bus Taichung Bus
31 Fengyuan Bus Central Taiwan Bus
37 Chuan Hang Bus Central Taiwan Bus
40 Green Transit Green Transit
48 Chuan Hang Bus Green Transit
72 Taichung Bus Taichung Bus
89 Taichung Bus Green Transit
125 Taichung Bus Central Taiwan Bus
Date of Transfer Route Number Former Owner New Owner Remark
30 August 2013 281 Fengyuan Bus Central Taiwan Bus
282 Fengyuan Bus Central Taiwan Bus
283 Fengyuan Bus Central Taiwan Bus Route 283 was combined with Route 282 on the same day.
290 Fengyuan Bus Taichung Bus
1 October 2015 52 Chang Hua Bus Renyou Bus
30 April 2016 354 Taichung Bus Sifang Bus
356 Taichung Jieshun Bus
357 Taichung Bus Jieshun Bus
359 Ubus Jieshun Bus
1 May 2016 358 Ubus Renyou Bus
1 July 2016 616 Taichung Bus Rapid Transit Southeast Bus
617 Taichung Bus Rapid Transit Renyou Bus
13 September 2016 199 Chuan Hang Bus Jieshun Bus
1 October 2016 617 Renyou Bus Zhonglu Bus

Route not charging[edit]

  • 23 August 2004: Route 83 provided free rides for nine days.
  • 1 June 2005: Taichung E Card holders were offered free rides on all routes of Taichung City Bus for one month.
  • 21 November 2005: Route 69 and 85 provided free rides for 14 days.
  • 1 July 2008: Route 61 provided free rides for a week.
  • 18 May 2009: Route 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 and 57 did not charge till 31 December 2009.
  • 1 January 2010: Route 51, 53, 54, 55, 56, 58 did not charge for a whole year.
  • 29 August 2011: Route 90, 91, 92 and 93 did not charge.
  • 29 September 2012: Route 127 provided free rides for two days before official launch.
  • 8 July 2013: Route 90, 91, 92 and 93 started to charge.
  • 1 August 2013: Route 155 provided free rides for four days.
  • 30 August 2013: Route 152 and 154 each provided free rides for three days.
  • 29 November 2013: Route 12 rovided free rides for a week.
  • 28 March 2014: Route 156 provided free rides for four days.
  • 24 June 2014: Route 214 provided free rides for a week before official launch.
  • 26 June 2014: Route Blue 2 provided free rides for a week.
  • 25 July 2014: Route 283 provided free rides for a week before official launch.

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