Special train ticket booking system due during Dragon Boat Festival

Special train ticket booking system due during Dragon Boat Festival

Taipei, May 23 (CNA) An ID-based ticket booking system will be adopted for residents of certain areas traveling by train between northern and eastern Taiwan during the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival to ease travel for them, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced late Monday.

From 6: 00 a.m. June 1, registered residents of Hualien and Taitung, whose ID numbers start with the English letters U and V, respectively, will be allowed to book tickets for trains on the Taipei-Taitung route at Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) stations at Shulin, Banqiao, Taipei, Songshan, Hualien, Yuli, Guanshan and Taitung.

The service was devised to better process the anticipated large number of passengers traveling between Taipei and Hualien and Taitung in eastern Taiwan during the June 6-9 Dragon Boat Festival, the MOTC said.

The special bookings will be available for one train from Shulin to Taitung on June 9 and one from Taitung to Shulin on June 12. Only people with IDs issued in the two eastern counties will be entitled to use the service, which will offer a total of 744 tickets, TRA Director-General Chou Yung-hui said in a legislative hearing Monday.

Eligible passengers will each be allowed to buy up to a maximum of six one-way trip tickets by showing an ID card, a national health insurance card and a driver's license, the TRA said.

On weekends and other holidays, train travel to and from eastern Taiwan can be a challenge as people usually find it difficult to obtain train tickets. In particular, complaints have come from residents of the two counties, where the many scenic spots usually draw large numbers of visitors from home and abroad.

During the four-day Dragon Boat Festival this year, the MOTC will also suspend the toll-free period from 23:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on the national highways in a bid to reduce late-night traffic accidents and encourage the public to take public transportation. (By S.F. Wang and Flor Wang)

Updated : 2021-03-08 14:57 GMT+08:00