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Taipei plans to introduce coding system for metro stations

2015/11/29 21:44:17

(From Taipei City government's Facebook page)

Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) The Taipei City government unveiled on Sunday a proposed coding system for its metro stations, which is expected to be implemented before the 2017 Summer Universiade.

The proposed coding system was posted on one of the city government's Facebook pages for a two-month public consultation, according to Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC), operator of Taipei's metro system.

According to the proposed rules, each station will be coded with the color of the metro line and a number. The number of each station will increase from south to north and from west to east.

For instance, the Xindian station, a terminal station on the green line (Line 3, Songshan-Xindian Line), will be coded "G01."

Two codes will be assigned to stations, where two lines meet, such as the Taipei Main Station, which will be coded "R10" and "BL12," since both the red line (Line 2, Tamsui-Xinyi Line) and blue line (Line 5, Bannan Line) go through there, according to the city government.

Codes of stations on the Zhonghe-Xinlu Line (Line 4, orange) will have the prefix of "O," while those on the Wenhu Line (Line 1, brown) have the prefix of "BR."

TRTC only introduced a number-coded system for its five metro lines in November 2014, nearly two decades after the first line -- the southern section of the Wenhu Line -- entered service in March 1996.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) and TRTC President B.C. Yen (顏邦傑) promised to introduce a coding system for stations, after City Councilor Lee Chien-chang (李建昌) said during a Nov. 16 council session that foreigners are often confused by the station names in Chinese and English.

The city government said it plans to introduce the new coding system before the Summer Universiade, which will be held in Taipei in August 2017.

(By Ku Chuan and Kay Liu)

(The current route map of Taipei Metro; click to see an enlarged version.)