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High speed rail allows online booking for same-day travel, beginning today

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC, 台灣高鐵) said yesterday that passengers may book train tickets online for same-day travel starting today.

A THSRC spokesman said that passengers interested in buying tickets online for same-day travel should complete the booking and payment with a credit card at least two hours before the departure of the designated train.

When the booking is completed, THSRC's Web site will issue a confirmation number for the transaction. Passengers can present the number at a THSRC station to claim their ticket.

convenience

The THSRC's decision to allow online booking for same-day travel is part of the company's move to provide more convenient service to passengers.

On Nov. 12, the company began offering open-seat tickets to passengers, with tickets sold at a discount through Dec. 31. Between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19, the high speed rail sold a total of 158,000 open-seat tickets, or an average of 19,000 passengers per day.

On Sept. 24, the company began to allow 24-hour online booking of tickets from one day up to 14 days prior to the scheduled time of departure.

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