Taiwan’s new train ticket system to launch in early 2019

New booking system available to the public in March 2019, says Ho Hsien-lin

Alishan Forest Railway (Flickr user: Jerry Lai)

Alishan Forest Railway (Flickr user: Jerry Lai)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Deputy head of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), Ho Hsien-lin (何獻霖), said that the railway’s new online booking system will open to the public in early 2019, reported Liberty Times.

Ho said the new system is undergoing testing, and will be rolled out for group bookings on Jan. 7, 2019, and for the general public in early March.

Ho made the comments in response to a series of questions during a Legislative Yuan hearing in Taipei today.

According to this schedule, the new ticket system will be implemented after the busy holiday periods of Lunar New Year (Feb. 2 – Feb. 10) and 228 Memorial Peace Day (Feb. 28 – March 3).

The new ticket system will allow for easier of use, and for seat information to be known at time of booking.

It is also expected that the new system will allow tickets to be printed from home, and for a QR code displayed on a smartphone to act as a substitute for a physical ticket, according to Apple Daily.