Further relaxation on COVID protocols in Taiwan railways and high-speed rail trains is expected. Both TRA and THSR will increase their capacity from 70 to 80 percent.
Sealed snacks are delivered to the seats. The Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced the resumption of eating on Taiwan Railways Administration's tourism trains under certain conditions. The companies that charter the tourism trains now deliver meals instead of having passengers get food themselves from a spread.
You Kuo-chen, Travel Industry Worker:” There are still measures in place after allowing eating while under the Level 2 alert. For example, the seating is staggered and real-name registration is required. Before, passengers could come to the bar and ask for coffee. In the future, there will probably be sealed cups of hot coffee that will be delivered to seats.”
Eating remains banned on other Taiwan Railways and Taiwan High Speed Rail trains. However, eating is allowed in the non-restricted areas of stations as long as social distances can be maintained. Many people had their doubts.
Resident 1:” I wouldn't go there, I wouldn't. (So you're not eating out right now?) No, I only eat at home.”
Resident 2:” (Would you bring your kids to these public areas to eat now that they're open?) I would take a look around first and see what's going on.”
The MOTC has also relaxed other restrictions. It is now allowing the TRA and THSR to operate at 80 percent capacity, up from 70 percent. The TRA said it can now sell 6,000 more seats a day. It will also add trains to the schedule for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Lai Wei-chun, Specialist, Transportation Department, TRA:” During the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend, which is Sept. 17 to Sept. 22, there will be an additional 42,000 seats available, a 10 percent increase. They will go on sale at 9 am on Sept. 7.”
Taiwan High Speed Rail said passenger numbers are rising again. It planned to add trains starting in September but moved it forward to Aug. 25. It is currently offering 809 trains a week and could add more for the Mid-Autumn Festival long weekend depending on demand.