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TRA schedule adjusted to add more Puyuma runs
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-16 10:48 AM
Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) is making wholesale revisions in its train schedules island-wide with the introduction of faster Puyuma class trains on the East Coast line. Arrival and departure times will be adjusted by more than five minutes at 235 points, and the number of passengers affected daily is expected to reach nearly 250,000. 17 Puyuma trains went into operation starting Wednesday, with headway between the swift expresses standing at 84 minutes on weekdays and 65 minutes on weekends and holidays.

TRA notes that the main reason for revamping the schedule is electrification of the Hualien-Taitung railway. Most of the changes will be related to routes in the east or connected to the east, while a smaller number of adjustments will be made in the west. The number of Puyuma runs will increase by 3 to 4.5 times during the initial trial period, with 12 runs between Taipei and Taitung on weekdays and 18 on weekends and holidays. The Northeast segment of the system will be served by six diesel Tzu-chiang expresses and two push/pull electric Tzu-chiang runs

TRA is promoting the launch of the Puyumas with the Hua-Dong Green Young Pass. For NT$399 passengers can travel anywhere between Hualien and Zhiben for three consecutive days. These passes will be on sale at Hualien, Yuli, Taitung and Zhiben until September 15. During this period the original Hua-Dong Travel Pass will be suspended.

TRA reminds those interested in buying the Young Pass that they must hold tickets to either Hualien or Taitung station from another station outside the Hualien-Taitung line. For example, a passenger holding a ticket on a Puyuma train from Yilan to Hualien is eliglble to buy one Young Pass.

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