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Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

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31st August, 2008

Bikes and trains

train2s.jpgTthe Liberty Times today ran an article (Chinese) about the result of Taiwan Railway Administration’s preliminary evaluation of the experiment with allowing bicycles and pets on trains that began on July 1. The article says that pets and bicycles will be allowed in separate, designated cars on all trains, including the ones where it is not allowed according to the current experiment, ie the express trains where you need a ticket for the specified departure time (對號車, ie, Ziqiang, Juguang, Fuxing as opposed to other trains (區間車), where you can buy a ticket that doesn’t specify the departure time, 非對號車).
The way they plan to do this is to add an extra car to the express trains. In addition, the TRA is considering whether it should allow non-reserved seating in those cars, although express trains currently always require a reserved seat. Currently, TRA representatives also say they are leaning toward not charging extra for bringing a bike, but a final decision still hasn’t been made.
T he article only talks about folding bikes, and doesn’t mention whether they have to be bagged or not, but I’m guessing that this is laziness on the reporter’s part, since any other bike, bagged, seems to be included in the ongoing experiment. Anyway, I for one would argue that my bike is foldable since the wheels are off and it’s in a bag. We’ll just have to wait for some more info before we know for certain.
The given reason for using separate cars for pets and bikes is that some people have gone to the extreme of actually suing the TRA for allowing pets on trains.
The boss of TRA’s Mechanical Engineering Department says it will take some time to modify Juguang train cars to fit these new regulations, but that Ziqiang cars should be ready for use by October, which apparently is the date for implementation of these new regulations, although no specific date is given in the article.
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