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Taiwan High Speed Rail resumes non-reserved seats, pre-outbreak train frequency

Service back to normal with 1,016 trains running per week

Taiwan High Speed Rail service is now back to normal. 

Taiwan High Speed Rail service is now back to normal.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Starting Monday (Nov. 8), non-reserved seats are available on Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) trains, and train frequency is back to its usual 1,016 trains a week.

Following the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) decision to allow eating and drinking on long-distance public transportation starting Tuesday (Nov. 2), THSR lifted more restrictions on Monday to bring its service back to normal.

According to the company, passengers holding periodic tickets, multi-ride tickets, Easy Cards, and iPasses may use their tickets to head directly to railway platforms and sit in non-reserved seats. In order to avoid overcrowding, THSR may adjust the number of non-reserved railcars during rush hour, offer additional trains depending on demand, or allow passengers to stand in entrances of reserved-seat railcars

Passengers should still wear a mask upon entering stations and during train rides and may only temporarily remove it while eating or drinking.

Since Taiwan's COVID-19 in late May, THSR had decreased the frequency of its trains to as low as 556 a week and canceled non-reserved seating options, CNA reported. The company began increasing the frequency only after the outbreak was curbed.