Taiwan, Japan launch joint railway tourism project
Central News Agency
2013-04-23 03:39 PM
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Train companies from Taiwan and Japan signed a cooperation agreement Tuesday to offer reciprocal train services and promote railway travel in the two countries. The agreement calls for a ticket-exchange arrangement between the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Japan's Enoshima Electric Railway Co., better known as Enoden, that the two sides hope will make train travel a more enjoyable experience. Under the deal, passengers who travel on the TRA's Pingxi Line in northeastern Taiwan can exchange a used one-day railway tour ticket for a one-day pass on the Enoden line, and vice versa. "We hope the campaign can boost interest in travel to both areas because we have much to offer," said Enoden President Kenji Fukaya, who came to Taipei for the inauguration of the campaign. Fukaya said it was hard at the moment to predict the impact of the arrangement, but the TRA said it hoped that 15,000 people will take advantage of the offer in the first year of the partnership. In Taiwan, the ticket exchange will be handled at Taipei Main Station or Ruifang Station in New Taipei, while in Japan it will be allowed at Kamakura, Fujisawa and Enoshima stations, the TRA said. The ticket exchange service will be offered from May 1 to March 31 next year, said Enoden, which operates a rail line that links the central Shonan area to Kamakura and Fujisawa in Kanagawa Prefecture southwest of Tokyo. Shonan is a coastal area that lies on the edge of the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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