Thu, Feb 05, 2009 - Page 2 News List

City says new bus station to ease jam

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Taipei Bus Station, the biggest bus terminal in the city, will help ease the traffic congestion around the Taipei Railway Station when it opens in June, the Taipei City Government said yesterday.

Located at the intersection of Chengde Road and Huayin Street, the bus station will be the main ground transportation facility for 14 bus companies. In addition to the ticketing areas and platforms, the 24-story building will feature a shopping area, movie theater and hotel.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) inspected the construction site yesterday and said the bus station would bring more business opportunities to the area behind the train station while providing a more convenient transportation service.

“Transportation safety and convenience of the passengers are our biggest concerns, and we will make sure the new bus station meets these two criteria,” Hau said.

Taipei City’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems said the bus station will have 30 ticketing counters on the first floor and 32 platforms on its second, third and fourth floors.

The three entrances and exits at the bus station will be able to accommodate more than 400 buses an hour.

Buses will exit onto the overpass along Civil Boulevard, thus avoiding jamming up traffic on Huayin Street, Chengde Road and Civil Boulevard.

Concern has been expressed that the station might create congestion on the overpass, but Department of Transportation Commissioner Luo Shiaw-shyan (羅孝賢) said the city will enforce overpass entrance control and other measures to avoid problems.

The new station will eliminate the problems caused by bus companies parking their vehicles temporarily on Chengde Road and provide a comfortable and safe waiting area for passengers, he said.

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