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’One dime taxi’ spreads nationwide in 2018


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English,國際時事跟讀Daily Shadowing

Public transportation services designed for people in South Korea’s remote areas - which are as cheap as 100 won to use - will spread to other regions this year. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has decided to extend the service from 18 regions to 82. The government-subsidized system began in 2014.


It uses taxis and small buses to provide citizens with access to town centers where they can pay taxes, visit government offices or shop at markets. The system’s representative model is the "100 won taxi." In a rural village in Naju, South Jeolla Province, the city office provides each household with four tickets for the taxi a month. Passengers can go to the town center by giving one ticket to the driver and paying a fare of 100 won.


Normal taxi fares vary but are usually under 2,000 won. In the case of the 100 won taxi, the region’s municipal government pays the difference to the taxi company.


The strategy and finance ministry, the land, infrastructure and transport ministry, and the rural affairs ministry will operate this year’s extended service. Financial support will come from the central government (50 percent), the major city (10 percent) and the minor city (40 percent).


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