To cope with heavy traffic during the 6-day Lunar New Year holidays in 2017, THSRC added 372 additional trains inclusive of 8 non-reserved trains. During the 9-day traffic dispersing period (2017/1/25 to 2017/2/2), a total of 1,584 trains were dispatched which was a 31% increase comparing to usual train frequency.
Jan. 29 to Feb. 1 was the peak of traffic for people to return back to work where THSRC managed to improve transport capacity during peak hours to reach a maximum of 7 one-way trains per hour through adjustment of train maintenance schedule. During the peak hours, there were 184 to 198 dispatched each day and on the Jan. 31, there were 115 trains northbound trains dispatched, creating a new record.
In the afternoon of Jan. 26, Premier Lin of Executive Yuan was accompanied with Minister Hochen Tan of MOTC to visite Taipei Main Station to inspect the traffic dispersing situation during the Lunar New Year holidays and expressed gratitude to those who sacrificed their vacations to be on post and complete the dispersing operations.
During the New Year HSR traffic dispersing period, there were sufficient operative trains, well-mannered passengers, regular operation conditions, 100% train dispatch rate and 99.8% on-time rate. HSR functions were brought into full play, which resulted in the great success of traffic handling throughout western Taiwan.