Over 60 million traveled on high speed rail in 2017

Taipei-Over 60 million passengers rode Taiwan's high-speed rail line in 2017, breaking the 60-million mark for the first time in the line's 11 years of operation, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) has reported.

THSRC Chairman Chiang Yao-chung announced the milestone during a year-end luncheon with the media on Wednesday.

According to Chiang, the company ran 51,000 train services in 2017. It had an on-time rate of 99.72 percent and an average delay of only six seconds while carrying an average of 166,000 people a day.

The rail line also reached its 2017 target of selling 2 million travel packages -- promotional deals made with hotels and travel groups -- by November, and ended the year having sold 2.2 million of the package deals, Chiang said.

The company started 2018 on a high note, with a record 285,000 travelers taking the high speed rail on New Year's Day.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council