The Lunar New Year holidays for 2015 continued for 9 days. To cope with heavy traffic during the holidays, THSRC originally planned to increase 303 additional trains, but actually added 311 trains inclusive of 8 non-reserved trains. During the 9-day vacation, a total of 1,524 trains were dispatched which was a 26% increase comparing to usual train frequency.
From Feb. 21st to 23rd, the peak of domestic travel, THSRC dispatched all 33 train sets during this period. During this peak, the highest train frequency reached 8 trains per hour and averaged 8-10 min for train dispatch. Total of 110 northbound trains were dispatched each day during this peak creating a new record.
During the holidays, total dispersed passenger count reached 1,700,224 averaging 189 thousand passengers per day. Comparing to the average of 179 thousand passengers per day in 2014 Lunar New Year holidays, a 5.6% increase was made. The peak of passenger count happened on Feb. 2 reaching 239,305 passengers, also creating a new record.
On Feb. 17th, Premier Mao visited Taipei Main Station and on the 18th, he inspected the operational control center to acknowledge HSR staff's great efforts and encouraged the team to keep up the good work and finish the holidays dispersing work. On the other hand, Minister Chen from MOTC inspected HSR Zuoying Station on the 21st and Banqiao & Taichung stations on the 22nd. In addition to the inspection work, Minister Chen expressed gratitude to those who sacrificed their vacations to be on post. In the evening of Feb. 17th, Mayor Chu of New Taipei City paid his New Year call to passengers in HSR Banqiao Station.
During the Lunar New Year HSR traffic control, there were sufficient operative trains, well-mannered passengers, and regular operation conditions. HSR functions were brought into full play, which resulted in the great success of traffic handling throughout western Taiwan.