Taiwan | High speed rail to see 500 millionth passenger this month

expecting to see it’s 500 millionth passenger near the end of July and this will add a series of event which will be held to celebrate the occasion.

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High Speed Rail in Taiwan (photo:PRE_TENDbecurious)

Taipei: The Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) said on Monday that they are expecting to see it’s 500 millionth passenger near the end of July and this will add a series of event which will be held to celebrate the occasion.

As the company said about 496 million tickets as be sold as of 1 July since the high-speed rail was in operation since 5 January 2007 and they estimated they will serve 500 million passengers by the end of the month, currently the train is running from Nangang to Zuoying in as little as 1:45 hours, reaching almost 90% of Taiwan’s population.

Ridership fell short of the estimate, but it grew from 40,000 passengers per day and in the first few months of operation to more than 1,29,000 passengers per day in June 2013. Daily passenger traffic reached 1,30,000 in 2014, well below the forecast of 2,40,000 daily passengers for 2008. The system carried it’s first 100 million passengers by August 2010 and over 200 million passengers had taken the system by December 2012, followed by 400 million passengers by December 2016.

Because of frequently natural disaster in Taiwan which includes earthquakes, heavy rainfall, floods and landslides, this is the reason that the primary focus of THSRC’s infrastructure design was based how the train responds to natural disasters such as earthquakes and how to ensure safety for all passengers and trains in an emergency situation.

To celebrate the milestone, THSRC said, it will award the 500 millionth passenger with a year of unlimited free rides.

To celebrate the milestone, THSRC said, it will award the 500 millionth passenger with a year of unlimited free rides.

The 499,900,998th and 499,900,999th passengers, as well as the 500,000,001st and 500,000,002nd passengers, will also win high-speed rail vacation packages of their choice, including free hotels and business class round-trip train tickets, the company said.

The high-speed rail transported an average of 173,000 passengers each day during the first six months of this year, up 5 percent year-on-year, the company said.

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