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Taipei MRT to run 42 hours during New Year's festivities

2018/12/20 23:10

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Taipei, Dec. 20 (CNA) Taipei's metro services, or MRT, will run continuously for 42 hours from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, 2019 to provide convenience for people celebrating the beginning of the new year, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) announced on Thursday.

The MRT will start operating from 6 a.m. on New Year's Eve and end service at midnight on New Year's Day, with the exception of the Xiaobitan and Xinbeitou stations, according to the TRTC.

The company advised commuters to avoid the Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101 stations, which are expected to attract the largest crowds because of the annual New Year's Eve festivities held in the area.

In order to accommodate the increased load of passengers on the Bannan Line (Blue Line), starting from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, the waiting time between trains will be reduced to 2 minutes and 32 seconds.

Meanwhile, the waiting time for the Tamsui-Xinyi Line (Red Line) will be reduced to 3 minutes and that for other lines will be adjusted flexibly depending on the number of passengers, according to the company.

In addition, starting from 6 p.m. on Dec. 31, all trains on the red line from Tamsui and Beitou will be extended to the Xiangshan Station, as Xiangshan is a highly popular spot to view the Taipei 101 fireworks.

Also, crowd control measures will be implemented on the Taipei City Hall and Taipei 101 stations due to their close proximity to the New Year's Eve events.

Starting at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, the gates between Exit 2 of the Taipei City Hall Station and the Taipei City Hall Bus Station will be closed, while at 10 p.m., Exit 4 at the Taipei 101 station and Exit 3 of the Taipei City Hall Station will both be closed, according to the company.

Bicycles will be prohibited on the subway trains during this time, and YouBike bicycle rental services will be suspended around the control areas after 3 p.m. on Dec. 31, said the TRTC.

Service on the Maokong Gondola will also be extended during the New Year holiday, with the last carriage departing at 2 a.m. on New Year's Day.

The Taipei City Hall Bus Station will be closed starting from 7:30 p.m. on New Year's Eve before it reopens at 3 a.m. on New Year's Day, according to the Taipei City Transportation Department.

(By Chen Yen-chun and Evelyn Kao)Enditem/cs