East Coast peak train tickets for CNY sell out
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Tickets for trains running on the East Coast during peak travel times of the Chinese New Year holiday have sold out, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) announced yesterday.
January 23, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The TRA's Peng Kun-yan (彭坤炎) said that 410,000 tickets had been sold during the first hour of reservation availability. Around 516,000 tickets had been sold as of 11 a.m. yesterday.
Peng said that the peak of ticket reservations took place during the first minute that seats were available, with 559,000 users on the TRA's website, which is a new record in the history of the TRA's ticket reservation system.
Around 190,000 reservations made and over 410,000 tickets sold were also new records, Peng said. These numbers were at least three times higher than the numbers from the same period last year, said Peng.
According to Peng, there was network congestion on the TRA's website during the first 20 minutes of the launch of ticket reservations. The website functioned normally after that.
The TRA said that people who had made reservations successfully have to pick up the tickets by Wednesday to avoid cancellation.
As for people who failed to make reservations, the TRA said, they could check again at 12 a.m. this Thursday for tickets that were not picked up on time.
TRA to Review Reservation System
Some tickets for trains commuting on the West Coast were sold yesterday before the official launch of ticket reservations at 12 a.m. this Wednesday, according to local reports.
Peng said that those tickets sold were for trains that commute between the east and west coasts. The TRA released those tickets so passengers living on the East Coast could travel between North and Central Taiwan.
Even though the TRA clearly marked the departure and arrival stations on the travel schedule, Peng said, the TRA will still review its ticket reservation system regarding this issue.