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HSR passenger volume hits record new high

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan High Speed Railsystem transported 132,000 passengers and operated a total of 130 trains Sunday, the last day of Taiwan’s Tomb Sweeping holiday, marking two new highs, an executive of the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) said yesterday.

Sunday’s passenger volume broke the record of 123,000 set on the eve of the traditional holiday when local people travel to their family homes to pay tribute to their ancestors and clean up their graves, the executive said.

Some 460,000 passengers traveled on the system during the four-day holiday, a figure that exceeded the volume recorded over the Chinese New Year holiday in February this year, according to the executive.

The official attributed the increased volume to the THSRC’s decision to provide additional trains and some free seats, a service that drew a lot of impromptu passengers, adding that during the Chinese New Year holiday most travelers had reserved seats for planned tours.

On the last day of the Tomb Sweeping holiday, the THSRC allowed free seating on some train cars and dispatched four additional non-reserved trains to carry people from Kaohsiung to Taipei and one from Taichung to Taipei, but many passengers still had to stand all the way, the executive said.

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