Cold spell to continue
The current cold weather is expected to continue over the next two days, as another cold front was forecast to arrive late yesterday, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. The new cold spell will send temperatures in areas north of Chiayi County, the northeast coast and open areas plummeting to below 10oC between late yesterday and early today, the bureau said. The lowest temperatures predicted for today are 9oC northern Taiwan , with 10oC forecast for central areas and 12oC for the south, the bureau said. It could also snow at elevations of more than 3,000m, as precipitation is also forecast, it said. Wet weather was set to continue in eastern, central and northern regions. The cold spell is expected to recede by tomorrow.
TRA’s paperweight a hit
The Taiwan Railway Administration’s (TRA) efforts to transform itself from a corporation providing just transport services to one promoting “unique life experiences” has begun to bear fruit, with its latest railway-related merchandise garnering overwhelming support. Playing on the Chinese word for “track,” 500 TRA paperweights bearing the message “true love is always on track” sold out within an hour of going on sale in the approach to Valentine’s Day today. “The way the TRA portrays love is quite unique and romantic,” said college student Judy Hsieh. The TRA has also launched various campaigns to encourage more people to take the train. For instance, a recent “rail passport” promotion that offered a passbook for 100 stations where travelers could mark off the stations they visited proved a great success, with 5,000 copies gone within just three days of being offered.
Man crashes glider into tree
Rescuers in Greater Kaohsiung found a US citizen hanging in a tree, with injuries that were not life-threatening, after he crashed his hang glider in a mountainous area yesterday. The local fire department dispatched 12 rescuers to search for the man in Tianliao Township (田寮) after receiving reports of the crash, local police said. The 54-year-old man, who lives in the city’s Lujhu District (路竹) and who was identified only by his Chinese name, Ma Tai-yi, on his local identification card, said he did not know how the crash occurred, police said. He suffered a broken ankle and complained of lower back pain that doctors said could indicate spinal damage.
MRT line nearing operation
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday gave conditional approval to the operation of the MRT line connecting Nangang Station on the Nangang Line and the Nangang Exhibition Center Station on the Wenhu Line, provided the Taipei City Government improve two main items before they launch its operations. The two main items focus on directional signs both inside and outside MRT stations as well as the facilities inside MRT stations. Meanwhile, the Inspection Committee listed five secondary items as well as five other items that the city government should work on later. Richard Chen (陳椿亮), commissioner of the Department of Rapid Transit System at the Taipei City Government, said the department would address the issues, adding that it would need at least two weeks to complete all the administrative procedures. The 1km-long MRT Line could be launched by the end of this month, he said.