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High speed rail to start 10-day trial run beginning January 5

High speed rail to start 10-day trial run beginning January 5

The high speed rail is expected to begin commercial operations in mid-January after it a 10-day trial period which is scheduled to start early next year.
"The THSRC will begin a 10-day trial period on January 5 next year and passengers will enjoy half-price fares during that period," Arthur Chiang, spokesperson and vice president of the THSRC said yesterday.
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications held a supervisory meeting on Sunday after which it made a formal announcement that it was issuing the operating permit for the north-south bullet train, which will run between Taipei and Kaohsiung in less than 100 minutes.
The MOTC, which had been negotiating with the THSRC on ticket fares over the past few days, yesterday approved the price schedule.
MOTC Vice Minister Ho Nuan-hsuan announced that a one-way Banciao-Zuoying ticket will cost NT$1,460 while the fare for a Banciao-Taichung trip will be priced at NT$670 for standard class. Senior citizens and physically challenged passengers, along with one accompanying passenger for the physically challenged, will be entitled to a 50 percent discount. There is no discount rate for students or children.
The bullet train's Banciao-Zuoying fare is 1.7 times the cost of Taiwan Railway, but is 25 percent cheaper than an airplane ticket, according to the Consumers' Foundation.
Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) hinted on Monday the bullet train fare was too costly, after his test ride to Kaohsiung to attend the inauguration ceremony for the new Kaohsiung City mayor.
Su yesterday urged the MOTC to make passengers' safety its top priority in supervising and assisting the THSRC, and to put every effort into its negotiations over the train fares.
Chiang responded by saying "let the market mechanism decide how the prices should be set. The government should not do anything that may interfere with that mechanism."
Reflecting on the Consumers' Foundation's campaign to dissuade passengers from taking the rail, the THSRC Associate Manager Ted Chia said the THSRC will not intervene but will try to negotiate with the foundation.
According to the THSRC, the travelers will have to go to railway stations to buy advance trial operation tickets from January 2. Passengers will not be able to buy tickets online or by phone during the presale period, the THRSC said, adding that each passenger will be allowed to purchase a maximum of 10 one-way or five round trip tickets.
During the trial period and at the start of the fully operational period, 38 trains will run in both directions.
More information, including timetables, is available at http://www.thsrc.com.
tw/tw/travel/before/timetable.asp.


Updated : 2020-12-04 08:03 GMT+08:00