Date: Dec 22, 2015
The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation (THSR) has officially inaugurated
three new stations this month, and train fares throughout the route have been cut back to the level of the year before last. Currently, there are three types of trains: direct trains, stopping trains and semi-direct trains, but most people do not know about them. The THSR explains that the train numbers that they assign to the trains are actually quite meaningful. As long as people understand what the numbers stand for, they can immediately tell which trains are direct trains.
According to a report in the United Daily News, with the exception of discount tickets, fares for direct trains, stopping trains and semi-direct trains are all the same; they only differ in travel time. For example, a journey from Taipei to Kaohsiung on a stopping train will take 42 minutes longer than on a direct train. However, if members of the public can decipher train numbers, they will be able to know which type of train they are taking. [FULL STORY]