Thu, Apr 16, 2009 - Page 4 News List

Officials unveil holiday transport plans

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Officials from some of the nation’s public transportation systems yesterday shared plans for services for the May 1 Labor Day holiday.

Labor Day falls on a Friday this year, making for a three-day weekend. However, as Labor Day is not an official national holiday, schools and government offices will be open as normal and private corporations may follow suit. As such, fewer travelers are expected to be ­making journeys than on other major national holidays.

Nevertheless, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) said that it would add 189 express trains to its schedule from April 30 to May 4 to facilitate extra passengers. Of them, 131 express trains will head to the East Coast, while 58 additional trains will operate along the West Coast.

The TRA is also prepared to add several commuter trains to the line between Taipei and Ilan or between Taipei and Hualien if the number of passengers exceeds estimates.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp said yesterday that it would not increase the number of train services during the Labor Day holidays, but its dual-color scheme, which gives specific discounts for passengers traveling at certain hours, would remain in effect.

The Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau said it would not take any special measures to regulate freeway traffic for the holiday.

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