By E-JE Jason Hsieh, Special to the China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan–The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA,台鐵) made an additional 30,000 high-speed Puyuma (普悠馬號) rail tickets available for Chinese New Year for the second time yesterday morning, and received more than 10,000 orders in the first minute. All the extra tickets for the east coast rail service sold out in the morning, said the TRA, while total orders reached 32,809 by noon. The TRA reminds people who successfully booked tickets to go to train stations, post offices or convenience stores within two days to receive their tickets.
Chinese New Year Tze-Chiang Ltd Express (自強號) seats for the east line are in high demand and hard to acquire. The TRA put two new Puyumas into service for the Chinese New Year holiday this year to help meet demand. Additionally, 22 more shifts of Puyumas will be added to the Taitung- (台東) Shulin (樹林) route during the Chinese New Year, according to the TRA . All available trains will be devoted to relieving transportation needs over the Chinese New Year, with some reserve trains put on standby to be used when other trains malfunction or accidents occur. The two new Taroko Express (太魯閣號) trains won’t join the CNY transportation program because they arrived in Taichung Harbor too late and there is insufficient time to finish their inspections, the TRA stated. On the Hualien-Shulin route during Chinese New Year, the TRA will deduct NT$200 in ticket fares for passengers who can not get their seats on the train. As for people who order the tickets online but fail to get tickets in two days, the TRA will cancel their reservation and resell the tickets at 9 a.m. Friday morning.