By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) announced on Wednesday it will operate 203 more trains in addition to its regular schedule during the Mid-Autumn Festival long holiday, and that the booking of trains for this holiday period begins on Aug 31.
After intensive negotiation with the Taiwan Railway Labor Union, a consensus on the issue of overtime work during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday had been reached, The TRA said. They have agreed to ratchet up the railway transportation capacity the same way as during the Chinese New Year season, the TRA said, adding that during this period all freight trains will be suspended to meet the personnel need for operating the additional passenger trains.
From Sep 14 to Sep 19, the TRA will operate a total of 203 additional trains across Taiwan on top of its regular schedule, the TRA said. During the period, there will be 163 additional trains for the Eastern Line (the South Link Line included), including 76 Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains, 46 Chu-Kuang Express trains, and 41 Fu-Hsing Express and Local trains; and 40 additional trains for the Western Line, including 30 Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains and 10 Chu-Kuang Express trains, according to the TRA. [FULL STORY]