Mother’s Day train tickets sell fast

The China Post news staff

The China Post news staff–All train tickets with reserved seats to and from Taiwan’s east coast cities for Mother’s Day on May 13 quickly sold out yesterday.

People failing to get hold of the tickets questioned why the government-run Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) did not add more trains to meet the strong market demand and better serve the people. The tickets for east coast trains running from 5:00 p.m. May 11 to 1:00 p.m. May 13 were all booked by passengers via telephone and Internet booking services after reservations opened at 6:00 a.m. yesterday. Passengers living on the east coast said severe train ticket shortages have long been a transport nightmare for them, with slim hope of seeing any possible improvement by the TRA under the supervision of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. TRA executives said they sold a total of 97,629 train tickets, including those for the west coast trains, for the Mother’s Day holiday — a surge of 18 percent over the same period last year.

There are still some less expensive tickets available for other trains on both the east and west coasts, they said, but did not explain why they failed to arrange more trains for customers and to increase revenue. The TRA however reminded those who succeeded in booking the hotly contested seats to pick up their train tickets within prescribed period at TRA stations, post offices, and designated major convenience stores. Tickets will be resold to other passengers if they are not paid for within the designated period, the TRA said.