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2020-03-31 | 公共電視

THSRC Reduces Rent for Station Retail Spaces|因應疫情衝擊 高鐵調降車站商場租金25%

Starting on April 1st, temperature checks will be carried out at Taiwan High Speed Rail stations. You will also have to wear a mask for the entire duration of the journey. Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation also promised to cut the rent for retail spaces in stations to alleviate their pressure.

The high speed rail station is practically devoid of passengers, and there are few customers in the retail spaces inside the station. On March 31, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation announced that it will progressively reduce the rent for these station retail spaces in order to relieve the pressure on proprietors. It will use the passenger volume for the same period last year as a criteria to adjust rents.

We compared the passenger volume in February to that of the same period in 2019, and found that the passenger volume fell by 27 percent. It doesn't matter whether the businesses are rental car agencies or selling daily necessities, the example I just mentioned will be applicable to all of them. This means that for February, there will be a 25 percent rent reduction.

The drop in passenger volume is due to COVID-19, and the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down. THSRC says it will peg rents to passenger volume until the latter recovers. In related news, Taiwan High Speed Rail has stepped up disease prevention and health promotion with the Qingming Festival long weekend just a few days away. Starting on April 1, anyone whose temperature is tested to be over 37.5 degrees Celsius while entering a station will not be allowed in. Meanwhile, passengers aboard trains will be required to wear masks for the full duration of the journey. People without masks will be guided towards shops inside the station that sell PU masks. There will no longer be free seating on trains, and people will be required to sit in the seats indicated on their tickets. Passengers will be reminded regularly to keep their masks on.

At present, with regards to masks, there is no special law that allows for incompliance, but as I just said, if our passengers have special reasons, we can provide special assistance.

THSR currently sells hot coffee and tea aboard its trains, but will stop selling them starting on April 7. It will only offer bottled water and packaged drinks. In response to the declining passenger volume, it is also organizing "lunchbox markets" at stations and working with popular restaurants to offer lunchboxes.

高鐵車站內,只有零星旅客,共構商場內也顯得冷清,為了讓場站內的店家降低壓力,身為"房東"的高鐵宣布採取"階梯式"調降租金,將以"去年同期全線月運量"為比較基準,來調降商場租金。

高鐵發言人 孫鴻文表示:「二月我們跟去年2019的運量,同時間的比較,我們下跌了27%。(場站店家)不管是租車轉乘的,甚至我們生活必需品的,這些我們的廠商,就可以適用於我剛才舉的例子,在二月分,就會有25%的租金,抵租的調降。」

疫情還未趨緩,高鐵表示降店租將隨運量連動,直到運量回復,而因應清明連續假期將至,高鐵也加強防疫宣導,4月1 日起,旅客進站體溫若超過攝氏37.5度將拒載,並要求全面戴口罩,若旅客沒有口罩,會協助到站內的店家購買泡棉口罩,列車取消自由座、全面對號入座,也會隨時提醒旅客全程戴口罩。

高鐵執行副總 陳強表示:「戴口罩的部分,目前是沒有一個特別法律可以拒載,不過我剛講過,如果我們旅客,有一些特別的原因的話,我們可以給予特別的協助處理。」

另外高鐵目前在車內還提供熱飲販售,但從4月7日起,也將全免停止熱咖啡和熱紅茶服務,僅提供包裝水和飲料,因運量衝擊營收,高鐵也布局多角化經營,陸續在各站區推出"便當市集" ,和知名餐飲業者合作推聯名出外帶便當。

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