Fri, Mar 01, 2002 - Page 2 News List

MRT's Panchiao line back at full throttle

STAFF WRITER

The Taipei Rapid Transit Corpor-ation (TRTC, 台北捷運公司) yesterday announced that the company's Panchiao-Nankang line (板南線) has already resumed its full-capacity operations.

The line was severely damaged by Typhoon Nari (納莉).

The company will also re-start its additional services during rush hours today.

On Sept. 17, northern Taiwan was hit hard by Typhoon Nari and the heavy rainfall it brought resulted in the worst flooding in the greater Taipei area in 50 years.

Taipei's mass rapid transit (MRT) system was shut down after the typhoon flooded sections of the system.

Although most of the MRT stations reopened within one or two months, the Panchiao-Nankang Line, which reopened on Dec. 15, did not resume its full carrying capacity until today.

According to the TRTC, three more trains have been added to the morning rush-hour services while two more trains have been added to the evening rush-hour services.

In related news, the TRTC yesterday reminded people that the departure time for the last train of each MRT line has been extended from 12am to 1am through this Sunday in an effort to carry hundreds of thousands of visitors to events related to the Lantern Festival.

MRT passengers can take either the Tamshui Line or the Hsiao Nanmen Line to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station, where the festivities are being held.

For more information, call the TRTC's information hotline at 0800-033068.

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