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TRA to unveil train schedule in June

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will release a new timetable in June, the nation’s largest train operator said yesterday.

TRA Deputy Director-General Chang Ying-huei (張應輝) said the administration was still adjusting schedules for some of the trains and would unveil the new schedule online by the end of this month.

“We will take feedback from the public and make the necessary changes before we deliver a final version,” Chang said.

The timetable is expected to shorten the operating time of commuter trains between Taipei and Keelung by about five minutes, Chang said. Commuters traveling between Taipei and Hsinchu, meanwhile, could also reach their destinations between 10 minutes and 12 minutes faster after the new schedule is implemented, Chang said.

Chang said the new schedule would increase the number of express trains and semi-express trains to Taichung and Changhua on weekends. The express trains will make a stop at Banciao and go non-stop to Taichung or Changhua. For their part, the semi-­express trains will stop at Banciao and then Taoyuan and Jhongli (中壢) and go straight to Taichung or Changhua. The new train service is expected to reduce travel time from Taipei to Taichung by about 20 minutes.

According to the new schedule, 39 Tzuchiang-class express trains will operate along the West Coast.

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