First line of Danhai light rail system to begin service
Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) An official opening ceremony was held for the Green Mountain Line of the Danhai Light Rail Transit system in New Taipei Sunday, with operations to start Monday, including a month-long toll-free period for the public, according to New Taipei Metro Corp.
The ceremony included a concert and acrobatic performance, while also showcasing installation art works at the stations.
At 5:00 p.m. New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) and other officials boarded the first light rail train to depart from Tamsui District Office Station.
The 7.3-km line, the first phase of the four-line light rail system, links 11 stations between Taipei metro's Hongshulin Station and Kanding Station, including seven overhead stops and four ground level stops.
All the stations are decorated with public art work by Taiwanese artist Jimmy (幾米), and the cars are painted light blue with large windows for easy sightseeing.
To mark the line's opening, a limited edition of 2,000 commemorative ticket packages, including a Jimmy painting book, a commemorative travel card and a card holder were on sale at the event for NT$999 (US$32), according to the company.
Another limited edition of 2,000 commemorative ticket packages, also priced at NT$999, is set to go on sale Jan. 5 at Hongshulin Station. That will include a set of public art magnets, a commemorative travel card and a card holder, it added.
The company said the service will be provided free of charge from Monday, with the toll-free period lasting one month.
The tram will operate every day from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at intervals of 15 minutes, with fares ranging from NT$20 to NT$25.
Passengers with stored-value cards will receive a 20 percent fare discount, the company said, adding that the tram system will also accept NT$1,280 Taipei and New Taipei joint 30-day unlimited ridership cards.
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