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High speed rail isn’t just an efficient, low-carbon way to get from point A to point B — it might just help your love life too! A new survey from Taiwan reports that the high speed rail line between Taipei in northern Taiwan to Kaohsiung in the south has helped keep romances alive and bring long-distance couples together. The survey also reveals how pleased people are with the high speed rail line and how it has improved their life overall. The Taiwan rail line is quickly approaching it’s 1 millionth customer, who will soon be awarded with a free unlimited pass for rail service for a whole year.
The survey polled 1,601 people in 22 cities and counties in Taiwan who use the high speed rail line from Taipei to Kaohsiung. It shows that 17.3 percent said the rail system’s convenience has saved romantic relationships for themselves, their friends or relatives. The 90 minute train ride, which would take four and a half hours with a conventional train, is making up for lost time with lovers. Being able to travel faster is much more convenient and makes it easier to visit your sweetheart more often.
Additionally, the survey shows that train riders can live away from their place of work, are more willing to travel longer distances, and are more willing to visit friends. The high speed trains allow for more leisure time, and riders report that they spend their time on the train reading, taking naps, appreciating the scenery, chatting with friends, and listening to music. As for their dislikes, the riders’ biggest complaints are about people who talk loudly, small children who make noise, people talking on their cell phones, and food smells.
The train service is nearing the celebration of its 1 millionth customer since the line started in 2007. That person will receive an unlimited pass for a year to ride the train, and the persons both before and after will receive a one month pass.
Via Focus Taiwan