By Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) yesterday unveiled a Long term Convey teach at Nangang Railway Station, which is to be officially released tomorrow to carry New Year’s Eve revelers to Taitung.
Refurbished from outdated Chukuang Convey trains, the tour trains characteristic a black and orange exterior and are outfitted with 1 dining motor vehicle, two lounge cars and three organization-course cabins.
The trains’ design assisted the company get this year’s Superior Style Award from the Japan Institute of Layout Promotion.
Lion Journey won the appropriate to run the Long term Specific and the Blue Coach expert services from following calendar year to 2026 by means of a community tender.
All seats on the Long run Convey pilot prepare solutions on New Year’s Eve — just one leaving from Taipei’s Nangang Railway Station (南港) and the other from Taichung’s Sinwurih Railway Station (新烏日) — have been sold, the journey company claimed.
The launch of the Long term Convey is an important milestone for the TRA, as the nation is to endorse railway tourism in 2022, TRA Director-Standard Chang Cheng-yuan (張政源) said at the unveiling ceremony.
In the previous, the company mainly served as a public transportation services provider, but now it aims to dominate the nation’s railway tour industry, he reported.
Chang stated that the agency has four principal options to establish railway tourism in the yrs to come. 1st, the company would construct transit hubs in Nangang, Sinwurih, Sinzuoying (新左營), Hualien and Fangliao (枋寮), and use them to commence creating a railway tourism network, he said.
Next, the agency would roll out a series of tourism trains by means of 2024, Chang said, introducing that aside from the Upcoming Specific this year, it would current a refurbished Blue Practice in May well, a Mountain Mist Convey and Sea Breeze Convey in 2022, and a luxurious sleeper in 2024.
3rd, VIP rooms would be designed at the Hualien, Nangang, Sinwurih and Sinzuoying railway stations, the place travellers could entry excellent expert services equivalent to people at the VIP lounges at airports, he claimed.
As the South Link Line (南迴鐵路) has been totally electrified, facilities at eight of 16 stations along the line would have to have to be upgraded, Chang explained.
The TRA and Lion Travel would also function jointly to make Fangliao Station, the commencing stage of the South Website link Line, a fantasy land for Blue Teach products and services, he mentioned.
Fourth, the company would update the Jiji (集集), Neiwan (內灣) and Pingsi (平溪) branch strains, as nicely as the Aged Mountain Line (舊山線) to tourism department strains, Chang stated, incorporating that 60 new automobiles would be purchased to be made use of exclusively on these strains.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) stated that the ministry has created railway vacation the tourism topic for 2022.
However, the nation really should not hold out until then to market railway tours, he mentioned, including that 2022 should really be the yr when railway tourism initiatives are reviewed.
Journey companies this kind of as Lion Journey, which applied to aim on the international journey sector, would provide new tour encounters to domestic travelers, and in turn, enrich the all round high quality of domestic excursions, he said, incorporating that this would also prepare the nation to welcome intercontinental travelers when borders are reopened.
The COVID-19 pandemic has induced 71 travel agencies to near this calendar year, but 99 new journey businesses entered the sector, Lin said, incorporating the ministry plans to host a national tourism discussion board to discuss the long run of the nation’s tourism sector with journey field representatives.
In addition to functioning the Long term Categorical and Blue Teach solutions, Lion Travel mentioned that it would be in cost of functioning and taking care of the VIP rooms at railway stations throughout the country.
The VIP place in Hualien, which is however underneath development, was opened to the media for a preview yesterday.
Aside from excursions on New Year’s Eve, the vacation agency’s Net web-site (www.trjourney.org.tw) confirmed that it would start out offering numerous railway excursions in February, ranging from cherry blossom-viewing excursions to visits to temples and Aboriginal villages.
Tour selling prices range from NT$29,900 for a 3-working day tour to NT$45,900 for a five-day tour.
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