Trains busier than last year
Taiwanese made more than 10 million trips on the nation’s regular and high-speed trains during the Lunar New Year holiday earlier this month, data showed yesterday. Taiwan Railways Administration recorded more than 8.07 million trips, while Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp logged more than 1.93 million during the period between Feb. 7 and Monday. On the regular railways, the average number traveling daily was 673,000, a 10.7 percent increase over last year. On Thursday last week, the fifth day of the Lunar New Year, a peak of 841,000 people used the railways compared with 746,000 last year. The average daily number of trips on the high-speed rail was 161,000, up 6.8 percent from last year.
Police take in walker
Police said yesterday that they recently provided food and shelter to a Japanese man who is on a walking tour around the nation to say thanks for the assistance given to his country after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Norio Sasaki, 38, who is pulling his belongings in a cart, stopped at a police station in Douliou (斗六) and asked if there was a room for him to stay the night, the Yunlin County Police Department said. In the interests of service and safety, officers offered him a bed in the station’s dormitory, dinner and a hot shower, the department said. Sasaki said he was deeply touched by Taiwan’s response with rescue teams and donations after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011. His walking tour around Taiwan is his way of expressing his gratitude, Sasaki said. Sasaki, who is from Okinawa, has made similar trips to Australia and New Zealand to say thank you.