Na­tion sees bad traf­fic on last day of Tomb Sweep­ing hol­i­day

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOHN LIU

Mul­ti­ple trains run­ning along the east coast were de­layed for as long as one hour, as waves of pas­sen­gers showed up on the last day of the Tomb Sweep­ing hol­i­day ( ) yes­ter­day, said Tai­wan Rail­ways Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

While Tai­wan Rail­ways added more trains to ease the traf­fic, a surge of com­muters slowed down the traf­fic as they got on and off trains. Also, added trains that were called into ser­vice also caused de­lay as they waited for one an­other.

A to­tal of 59 new trains were added yes­ter­day to cope with the pas­sen­ger spike. Many of them were de­layed for 10 to 20 min­utes. Three were de­layed for more than 50 min­utes. They were train num­bers 5247, 441 and 435.

A swarm of pas­sen­gers were still wait­ing for their north­bound trains in­side and out­side Hualien Sta­tion at 7 p.m.

A full re­fund is granted to those who booked ex­press trains that are de­layed for more than 45 min­utes. The re­fund may be cashed within a year of pur­chase at rail­way ticket booths.

Free­way Con­ges­tion in Yi­lan

The na­tion’s free­ways also saw traf­fic jams yes­ter­day. At 10 a.m., a line of cars blocked the en­trance of Free­way No. 5’s Toucheng In­ter­change. The area in Yi­lan marked one of the worst traf­fic scenes in the na­tion yes­ter­day.

Av­er­age speed was pegged at 38 kilo­me­ters per hour at 10 a.m. on Free­way No. 5 be­tween Toucheng and Pinglin. Ve­hi­cles were also pil­ing up at Luodong and Suao in­ter­changes in Yi­lan.

North­bound traf­fic be­gan to pick up in Tainan in the af­ter­noon, as lo­cals moved out­door to make the best use of the last day of the Tomb Sweep­ing hol­i­day. De­spite a short shower around noon, oc­ca­sional sun­shine can be seen in the af­ter­noon. Traf­fic flow was re­port­edly smooth un­til evening.

High oc­cu­pancy con­trol was in­tro­duced on Free­way No. 5 be­tween 3 p. m. and 8 p. m., mean­ing only ve­hi­cles with three or more pas­sen­gers (in­clud­ing driv­ers) are al­lowed to be on the road.

Con­ges­tion was vis­i­ble nearly all day near Free­way No. 1’s Rende In­ter­change. Po­lice of­fi­cers were dis­patched to the scene to help al­le­vi­ate the traf­fic jam.

Ac­cord­ing to Tai­wan Area Na­tional Free­way Bureau, av­er­age car speed was around 80 kilo­me­ters per hour in Tainan.

Num­ber of Ve­hi­cles Reached

2.3-2.6 Mil­lion

The Na­tional Free­way Bureau ex­pected the traf­fic would peak be­tween 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and that the car flow would reach 2.3 to 2.6 mil­lion the whole day, which is 1.2 to 1.4 times higher than the an­nual av­er­age.

Road traf­fic was at its high­est 2.73 mil­lion on Apr. 5, the ac­tual Tomb Sweep­ing day, as lo­cal pop­u­la­tions per­formed the tra­di­tional rit­u­als and paid re­spect to their an­ces­tors be­fore noon on that day.

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