Heavier traffic, sightseeing seen in northern Taiwan on holiday

Taipei,  Traffic was generally smooth around Taiwan on the first day of the three-day Labor Day holiday Friday except for heavy congestion in the north, especially between the Greater Taipei area and Yilan County, according to the National Freeway Bureau.

As of 7 p.m., the heaviest congestion was reported on several freeway sections in Keelung, New Taipei and Yilan, where travel speeds remained below 40 kilometers per hour, according to the bureau’s online traffic service.

These sections included the southbound lanes of Freeway No. 1 between the Dahua and Keelung exits, the southbound lanes of Freeway No. 5 between the Nangang and Pinglin exits, and the northbound lanes of Freeway No. 5 between the Toucheng and Pinglin exits, the “1968” website showed.

For much of the day, vehicles on the southbound section between the Nangang and Pinglin exits traveled at under 20 kph and were stuck at 20-40 kph going through the nearly 13-km long Xueshan Tunnel in the same direction to Toucheng.

Traffic became heavier in the northbound lanes of the Xueshan Tunnel starting early Friday evening.

On most other freeways throughout the country, the average speed was over 80 kph, according to the website.

Meanwhile, another service on the “1968” website indicated that not many visitors were traveling to the 200 most popular tourist spots in Taiwan as of early evening.

The website, which is linked to the traffic system to project where people are headed, showed a “yellow” indicator only around the Old Street area in Danshui in Taipei, signaling moderate numbers of visitors.

Other recreational sites across Taiwan all showed “green” indicators, suggesting few visitors, according to the website, which uses a red indicator to show crowded areas that require control measures.

The system was set up to prevent crowds of people flocking to any specific area to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19, and provides real-time traffic and visitor flows at https://1968.freeway.gov.tw.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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