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Travelers snap up railway tickets for Mid-Autumn break

HOMEWARD BOUND With 24,000 users going online when reservations opened yesterday, more than 100,000 train tickets were sold before 5pm

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Homebound travelers flocked to the Web site of the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) early yesterday morning, trying to secure tickets for the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The festival this year falls on Oct. 3, which is a Saturday.

The nation's largest railway service opened its advance ticket purchase system at 6am yesterday, allowing travelers to buy round-trip tickets for trains operating between Oct. 2 and Oct. 5. With 24,000 users going online simultaneously at its opening yesterday, by 5pm, a total of 108,302 train tickets had been sold.

Tickets for the express trains to Hualien and Taitung between 2pm on Oct. 2 and 11am on Oct. 3 were sold out.

Seats on the northbound express trains traveling via the east coast route operating after 11pm on Oct. 4 were all taken as well.

Round-trip tickets for express trains from Taipei to Taichung, Tainan, Chiayi or Kaohsiung were also in high demand, with the seats on southbound trains leaving between 4pm on Oct. 2 and 11am on Oct. 3 all being reserved.

Northbound trains leaving after 4pm were also sold out.

The TRA said that reserved tickets must be claimed before 11pm today, or the reservations would be canceled.

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