Starting next month, passengers using the services of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) will be able to book and pick up tickets at 9,000 convenience stores nationwide.
Last year, the TRA began allowing passengers to book tickets over the telephone or online and pick them up at convenience stores.
When the new service becomes available next month, TRA passengers will be able to book their tickets through multimedia kiosks at convenience stores and pick them up at the cashier. The service fee will be NT$8 per ticket.
If passengers wish to return tickets, they need to do so at the convenience store where they purchased the tickets, the TRA said.
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) started offering a similar service in 2010. The service fee for high-speed rail tickets is NT$10.
Meanwhile, the TRA said it plans to expand the installation of multiple card-reader gates in train stations nationwide to allow passengers to quickly switch among different transportation systems.
Currently, holders of EasyCards, Taiwan Smart Cards and Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) cards can only access TRA trains on routes such as between Ruifang (瑞芳) station in New Taipei City (新北市) and Hsinchu Station, between Tainan Railway Station and the Shalun (沙崙) Branch Line and the Neiwan (內灣) Branch Line in Hsinchu County.
Those carrying Kaohsiung MRT cards will be able to use them to access TRA trains some time before the end of this year.
The TRA said passengers would be able to pass through multiple card-reader gates in sections between Hsinchu and Miaoli as well as between Linnei (林內) in Yunlin County and Pintung by the end of this year.
More multiple card-reader gates will be installed from Miaoli to Linnei as well as along the east coast in the next few years, the TRA said.