Taiwan Railways has reduced the number of commuter train services due to the escalating epidemic situation. Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said he will negotiate with Taiwan Railways about the adjustments.
Taiwan Railways' workforce has been decimated by the escalating epidemic, and the number of passengers has also declined sharply. It therefore announced a reduction in the number of commuter train runs between May 14 and June 28. In response, the Taoyuan City Council said over 10 of the 30 canceled trains are used by students and commuters during peak commuting times. It urged the Taoyuan City Government to come up with a response.
Resident: “If the number of runs is decreased, then some students might not have any trains to take before and after class. The impact on students is greater. (The amount of time between trains has increased.) Of course, because the number of runs has been decreased so there are fewer of them.”
Cheng Wen-tsan, Taoyuan City Mayor: “What has the city government already done to respond to this huge decrease in the number of commuter train runs? ”
Chou Yu-chin, Taoyuan City Councilor: “We will talk with Taiwan Railways about having more frequent trains during peak periods and fewer during off-peak periods. We'll make this known to them.”
Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said he hopes to talk with Taiwan Railways about making adjustments to its plan. Meanwhile, Hsinchu Bus announced that its operation permits for 34 routes expire in September and it will stop servicing these routes. This change will affect the residents of Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli.
Hsu Hsi-fang, Director, Transportation Mgmt. Section, Hsinchu MV Office: “With regards to these 34 routes whose permits are expiring, we will invite scholars, experts, local governments, and operators to meet before the end of May.”
The Hsinchu Motor Vehicles Office said discussions are underway about how to optimize the routes and networks, and it may invite other operators to take over or have city buses serve the routes. It hopes to maintain the routes.