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Hsinchu station facilitates train timetable downloads

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The Taiwan Railway Administration’s (TRA) Hsinchu station has launched a service that allows passengers to download train timetables to their smartphones using Quick Response (QR) technology.

Station master Huang Rong-hua (黃榮華) said that Hsinchu station is the first to offer passengers the service.

“Passengers can look at the train timetable displayed at Hsinchu station, but they might forget the boarding time,” Huang said. “Or they might write down the time on a piece of paper and lose it.”

The station displays the QR codes next to the train timetable and a map of the Neiwan (內灣) and Liuchia (六家) railway branch lines, Huang said.

Passengers can use smartphones equipped with a QR code scanning app to scan the codes, which then displays a link to Hsinchu station’s Web site, providing all the information needed.

Hsinchu train station has been in use since 1913. To allow visitors to explore the building, the station has designed a self-guided walking tour titled “Hsinchu Story House.”

An introduction to Hsinchu railway station and information on tourist attractions in Hsinchu County can be obtained by scanning the QR codes for that information displayed at the station.

In the three months since it was launched, the service has had more than 5,000 users, Huang said, adding that fewer passengers now ask for a hard copy of the train timetable.

“They [passengers] can forget a copy of the train timetable, but they are unlikely to forget their mobile phones,” Huang said.

Last year, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) incorporated QR technology into its mobile ticket-booking application, allowing passengers to pass through ticket gates using their mobile phone.

Passengers obtain QR codes after booking train tickets with their mobile phone. They can then access the platforms after having the QR code scanned.

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