Taiwan to expand capacity of high-speed trains
Updated 21:34, 20-Nov-2019

Taiwan's high-speed train operator has announced that it will add eight trains to its fleet in 2024 to meet the increasing demand.

Currently, the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) operates 34 trains on the island with speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour, according to company data.

The company said that all its trains will be put into operation during this year's Spring Festival. The average daily passenger volume has exceeded 180,000 so far this year, up from 175,000 last year.

Facing rising demand, the company has invited bids from train manufacturers in July and expects to sign the contract next June.

Seeing passenger volume peak at 318,000 during this year's Mid-Autumn Festival, the THSRC expects to see another peak at the end of this year as it plans to increase train services over the weekends.

(Cover: The Taroko Express passes through Qingshui Cliffs in Taiwan. /VCG Photo)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency