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Subway limousine
選前之夜大塞車 捷運就是禮車

Huang Sheng-chung, right, and his bride Kuo Ting-yu ride the KMRT to their own wedding on the rainy evening of Jan 15 in Kaohsiung prior to the election.

Photo: Copied by Hung Chen-hung, Taipei Times

The night before the election was a rainy night in Kaohsiung and traffic was heavily congested. After seeing the traffic jams caused by the rain, newlyweds Huang Sheng-chung and Kuo Ting-yu, who after years of being in a love relationship decided to tie the knot on Jan 15, had the sudden idea to use the Kaohsiung MRT as their wedding limousine.

Kuo, the bride, says they had to arrive at a hotel in Yancheng District to rehearse the wedding by 5pm, but they figured that the limousine would probably not get them there in time. They suddenly remebered Kaohsiung City Councilor Chen Hsin-yu’s promoting the use of the KMRT as a wedding limousine to save energy and reduce carbon emission, and thought it might be fun to have a different wedding memory.

The couple knew that there are of restrictions on the use of the KMRT, so they called and asked if it was permissible to wear a wedding gown on the train, to which the KMRT responded that as long as it is not for commercial purposes, it is allowed. Immediately, the couple gave up on the Mercedes Benz S400 and took the KMRT from Daliao station to Yanchengpu station. It took them around 30 minutes to make it in time to their own wedding.

Huang and Kuo say that they would often drink a little bit of wine on their dates, and therefore used to ride the KMRT. Their impression of the train was that it was cozy and punctual. Riding it dressed in their wedding clothes they were greeted with well-wishes from strangers throughout the ride, giving them an unforgettable experience.

The KMRT has organized wedding trains in the past to encourage the public to use public transport. Shih Yao-cheng, head of Department of Public Affairs of Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp, says that newlyweds are passengers just like anyone else, and that they are welcome to travel on the KMRT. However, because wedding dresses are very long, for the sake of safety, newlyweds can notify the KMRT in advance, so that it can be arranged for someone to assist them on the train.

(Liberty Times, translated by Ethan Zhan)







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