High speed rail average daily ridership up over 10 percent

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/02/17
By: Chen Cheng-wei and Frances Huang

Taipei, Feb. 17 (CNA) Taiwan’s High Speed Rail enjoyed a more than 10 percent increase in the average

(CNA file photo)

daily ridership in 2016 due to the addition of new stations on the rail line, government statistics showed Friday.

Citing the data, the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said that the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC,台灣高鐵), the sole high speed rail transport services provider in the country, carried an average of about 155,000 passengers a day last year, up 11.6 percent from the 139,000 recorded a year earlier.

The DGBAS said that the THRSC has benefited from adding the Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin stations at the end of 2015, as well as the Nangang station in July 2016, which have boosted its ridership.

Currently, the high speed rail stops at 12 stations from Nangang in the north to Zouying of Kaohsiung City in the south.    [FULL  STORY]

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