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TRTC slammed over map errors

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City councilors condemned Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) yesterday for providing wrong information in its latest MRT guide map and potentially confusing athletes and visitors arriving for the Deaflympics. They urged the company to issue a corrected map immediately.

The TRTC released 112,500 tourist maps in Chinese, 81,000 in English and about 20,000 in Japanese on Tuesday at all MRT stations, as well as MRT route maps in 16 languages.

The tourist maps, which included MRT route maps and introductions to major tourist sites, incorrectly labeled several exits around MRT Taipei Main Station, DPP Taipei City councilors Hsu Chia-ching (徐佳青), Wu Su-yao (吳思瑤) and Chou Wei-you (周威佑) said yesterday at Exit 2 of the station.

Exit Z2 of Taipei Station Underground Mall, for example, was marked as Exit 5 of the MRT Taipei Main Station on the maps. In all, the locations of 10 exits were marked incorrectly.

“The Taipei Railway Station and its surroundings are already a maze. The maps will only make it harder for foreign guests to find their destinations,” Chou said.

Wu criticized the TRTC for spending NT$1 million on poor-quality maps and demanded the company correct the mistakes.

The map in the Taipei Station Underground Mall was outdated, Hsu said, noting that it doesn’t show the location of the new Taipei Bus Station.

Hsu Shu-jen (??, a division chief at the TRTC, promised to print corrected maps as soon as possible.

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