Extra trains will be run during Lantern Festival


TAIPEI — An additional 188 trains will be put into service during the Taiwan Lantern Festival Feb. 17-28 on the routes to Zhunan Station in Miaoli County, where the festival will be centered this year, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said yesterday.

The objective is to raise the transportation capacity at Zhunan Station, which connects with the mountain and coast lines on the western rail system, so that visitors can more easily reach the festival venue that is located about 1 km from the station, said TRA Director-General Frank Fan.

Among the 188 extra trains, 36 will be the brightly painted Chu-Kuang Express trains that will help create a carnival atmosphere “as soon as visitors board them,” said Tourism Bureau Director-General Janice Lai.

Miaoli County Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung said the county is expecting a total of 7 million visitors and business turnover of NT$3.6 billion (US$124.7 million) as the Republic of China is also celebrating its centennial this year.

Liu said the county will provide a Location-Based Service (LBS) for visitors, which will send free real-time local travel information to mobile devices during the festival.