In this year’s Tomb Sweeping Holidays, THSRC conducted traffic dispersing work for a period of six days starting from Mar. 31 to Apr. 5 to provide smooth traffic flow for HSR passengers. To cope with the passenger flow, 171 additional trains were dispatched including 5 non-reserved trains. During the six-day dispersing period, a total of 1,005 trains were dispatched which was a 20.5% increase comparing to usual train frequency.
During the period, total dispersed ridership reached 1.32 million averaging 220 thousand ridership per day. Comparing to the average of 201 thousand ridership per day in 2016 Tomb Sweeping Holidays, a 9.5% increase was made. Apr.4 was the peak of traffic for people to go tomb sweeping, travel and to return back to work. Through adjustment of train maintenance schedule, THSRC managed to improve transport capacity during peak hours and reached maximum of 7 trains per hour. There were as high as 188 HSR trains dispatched on that day and ridership reached 257 thousand, marking the second highest ridership record. (The ridership record of 267 thousand was kept on Feb.28 during the 2016 Taiwan Lantern Festival Exhibition in Taoyuan but most rides were short-distance rides.) On the other hand, the northbound ridership of 165 thousand was the highest record for one-way ridership per day.
During HSR traffic control in this year’s Tomb Sweeping Holidays, there were sufficient operative trains, well-scheduled additional trains, well-mannered passengers, regular operation conditions, 100% train dispatch rate and 99.9% on-time rate. HSR functions were brought into full play, providing safe, fast and convenient services to all passengers for them to enjoy the rides during travel and returning home which resulted in the great success of traffic handling throughout western Taiwan.