Gov’t agencies preparing for traffic during holiday


TAIPEI — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) plans to model its traffic control measures during the Tomb Sweeping weekend on the Lunar New Year holiday experience in an effort to increase travel capacity, it said yesterday.

As part of the plan, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said it will put 227 extra trains into service from April 1 to 6, and booking will begin on March 18.

For people who wish to take the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR), discounts of up to 30 percent will be available on tickets purchased from March 5, the authorities said.

Meanwhile, the National Freeway Bureau said it will consider suspending highway tolls a week before the actual holiday as some people might be heading home early for tomb-sweeping.

The bureau had said earlier that highway tolls would be suspended between the hours of midnight and 7 a.m. April 2-5 to encourage road travel during off-peak hours.

The authorities said they will plan well so as not to inconvenience the public.

“We will try to accommodate the public’s needs when we introduce traffic measures such as high-occupancy vehicle control (HOV) because some of the measures are very strict and may cause inconvenience if they are not planned well,” said the bureau’s director general Tseng Dar-jen.

The Tomb Sweeping holiday gives rise to the second-highest volume of freeway traffic in Taiwan annually, after the Lunar New Year holiday.