Mon, May 19, 2008 - Page 2 News List

Taipei City unveils traffic plan for Ma inauguration

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei City Government yesterday unveiled traffic control plan for the upcoming presidential inauguration and related post-inauguration events.

Traffic control measures will be imposed today in the northern part of the Ketagalan Boulevard — the area between Zhongshan S Rd and Huaining St — and the eastern part of Gongyuan Rd — the area between the boulevard and Changde St — between 4:30pm and 9pm because of a reception party for dignitaries at the Taipei Guest House.

The same restriction will apply between 2:30pm and 7pm on Wednesday because of a tea reception for overseas Taiwanese at the guest house.

Tomorrow, traffic restriction will be imposed between 6:30am and 1pm in the surrounding area of the Taipei Arena, where president-elect Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) inauguration will be held.

During this time, traffic control will first be imposed in the southern part of Nanjing E Rd — the area between Dunhua N Rd and Beining Rd — while vehicles will be allowed between Civic Ave and Nanjing E Rd.

The restriction will continue through 1pm and vehicles may be banned from entering the area if necessary.

Buses that run through the restricted area near the Taipei Arena will change their routes for tomorrow. No buses will stop at the Taipei Gymnasium stop between 6:30am and 1pm.

Shuttle buses from the Taipei Train Station to the Taipei Arena will operate every three to five minutes between 6:30am and 10am. The same service from the arena to the train station will run every one to two minutes for one hour after the inauguration ends.

In related news, Democratic Progressive Party Chairman Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said yesterday he had received two invitations to Ma’s inauguration, with one seating him in the VIP section, while the other placed him in a regular section.

The whole coordination and preparation for the inauguration seemed chaotic, he said.

Hsieh on Friday said he would not attend Ma’s inauguration, partly because Ma had already broken many of the pledges he made during his presidential campaign.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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