Demand for Hualien-Chartered Trains Low 疫情衝擊 花蓮春節返鄉專列餘票近半

The worsening epidemic situation has resulted in a drop in reservations for trains chartered by the Hualien County Government for the Lunar New Year period. The county government said each service currently still has around 300 available seats.


This system is for people to book tickets on four train services chartered by the Hualien County Government for the Lunar New Year period. Each service currently still has around 300 available seats. The county government says this is the lowest reservation rate it has seen since it started offering this service a dozen or so years ago, and attributed it to the worsening epidemic situation.

Wu Min-hsien, Section Director, Hualien County Civil Affairs Dept.: “We've only sold 50 percent of the tickets so far. There are still about half, or 300, that are still available. Last year, the trains were 80 percent full.”

Mr. Tung, Returnee: “We try to avoid situations where there are lots of people. We only bring kids out when there are few people around.”

Taiwan Railways has sold out of Eastern Line tickets for the holiday, and not many people have canceled their reservations. However, cancellations are increasing for weekday and weekend travel in the period leading up to the holiday. Even Taiwan Railways' famous boxed meals have been affected.

Lin Te-hsiang, Stationmaster, Taiwan Railways Hualien Station: “The number of canceled tickets has increased, but not too significantly. There are around 6,000 people getting on and off trains on weekdays and 15,000 to 16,000 on weekends.”
 

Chang Su-yun, Train Services Director, Taiwan Railways Hualien Branch: “It was announced yesterday that confirmed cases had been in Hualien, and sales of our boxed lunches immediately fell by 20 percent.”

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications will offer incentives for people to take intercity buses during the holiday. It is working with three bus companies to add three routes to Hualien in the hopes that people will take public transport instead of driving and causing congestion on National Freeway 5 and the Improved Suhua Highway.

 

 

 

 

打開花蓮縣政府春節返鄉專列的訂票系統,總共來回4班的專列,現在每班都還有三百多張餘票,縣府表示,受到疫情影響,這是開辦十幾年來搭乘率最低的一次。

花蓮縣政府民政處自治行政科科長吳敏賢指出:「目前只賣出5成,都還有將近一半,三百張左右的餘票,以跟去年來比,去年春節返鄉專車有賣到8成。」

返鄉民眾冬先生表示:「我們盡量避免,人少的時候帶小孩出來走一走,人多的時候我們就盡量避免。」

但台鐵東部幹線春節連續假期的票還是都已經售完,目前還未出現大量退票潮,不過受到疫情升溫影響,現在春節前的平、假日,卻開始出現不少旅客退票,就連便當也受到影響。

台鐵花蓮站長林德香指出:「退票張數有增加,但不明顯。在上下車人數來講,平常日大概6千人上下,假日還是維持在1萬5、1萬6人次。」

台鐵車勤花蓮分部主任張素雲說:「像昨天公布有染疫的確診者來到花蓮,我們便當馬上影響到了2成左右。」

至於,公路方面,交通部春節連假會延續實施國道客運票價及轉乘優惠措施,並協調3家客運業者加開3條路線到花蓮,鼓勵民眾搭乘大眾運輸工具,避免國道五與蘇花改壅塞。

 

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