SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, November 30, 2020 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced implementing its special transportation measures on December 3, the 2021 College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT, national university entrance exam) day.
The measures aim at helping CSAT takers conveniently using transportation on the test day. More subway trains will run during the rush hours, buses will service more frequently to minimize the interval, alternate no-driving day for taxis will be lifted, and emergency transport vehicles will be provided.
The city government will extend the subway’s intensive operation hours from 7 – 9 am to 6 – 10 am, while the trains will run 28 rounds more than usual during the extended hours. It is to promote the commuters’ convenience who start to work later than usual due to the test-takers’ early commute and adjusted commuting hours.
City and village buses will run more frequently from 6 am to 8:10 am with minimized intervals. From 4 am to noon, the alternate no-driving day is lifted for taxis so that about 19,000 more taxis will additionally run on the road.
In addition, 729 units of the “special vehicles for transporting the CSAT takers” will be dispatched near subway stations, bus stations, and key places near the test locations. Upon the students’ request, they can get a ride for free to get to the test sites.
The special vehicles will secure the preventive measures against COVID 19 done with hand sanitizers and face masks. To ensure safer transportation, responsible persons for taking body temperatures will be designated in each boarding spot.
Students can use the support vehicles only if their body temperature is confirmed normally. The free emergency vehicles are unavailable for those with COVID-19 symptoms and self-quarantined persons.
According to the guideline of the Ministry of Education, the self-quarantined persons need to use their own vehicles. Only if they cannot use their own vehicles, the city government provides the 119 ambulances.
In addition, it will allocate the taxis for the disabled to mobility disadvantaged persons first on the test day, so that they can conveniently arrive to the test sites.
Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government instructed officials at the city hall, district offices, and the city-run organizations to start work at 10 am, which is an hour later than usual, on Thursday, to prevent the students from failing to arrive at test sites on time due to traffic jam during the rush hour.
Starting from early morning, about 2,600 public servants of district offices and civilian volunteers with the police will be dispatched to main transportation spots or places close to test sites, to escort and support students quickly move by helping them take the emergency transport vehicles while promoting the compliance of traffic rules.
To minimize the traffic congestion on the test day, vehicles are banned to get in, out and parked within a range of 200m surrounding the test sites. Regulations such as fines and towing will strictly be imposed on illegal parking and stopping that interrupt traffic flow and cause traffic congestion.
Hwang Bo-Yeon, Deputy Mayor for City Transportation, said “The Seoul Metropolitan Government will provide all-out transportation support so that around 110,000 test-takers can fully focus on the test in a safe environment amid COVID-19 and achieve the intended goals. The city government asks the families and acquaintances of the students to give them a quiet cheer from home instead of gathering around the test sites, while asking other citizens to give cooperation in implementing the transportation measures.”