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Freeway toll booths to close on three-day 228 weekend

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

Freeway toll booths will be closed between 12am and 7am during the three-day weekend, starting tomorrow, the National Freeway Bureau said yesterday.

Bureau traffic management division chief Kang Jyh-fu (康志福) said that about 2 million vehicles are estimated to hit the freeways every day during this period of time as many families might have travel plans.

Between 7am and 7pm during this period, the road shoulders on the southbound lanes between Dasi (大溪) and Longtan (龍潭) and on the northbound lanes between Wufong (霧峰) and Jhongtou Highway Interchange (中投公路交流道) — both on the National Freeway No. 3 — will be open for traffic.

On the National Freeway No.5, the shoulders on the southbound lanes between 4.5km and 5.5km benchmarks will be open for large passenger vehicles from 7am to 5pm between Saturday and Monday.

Both the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) will offer additional train services as well.

Meanwhile, the TRA said it had started remodeling Taipei Main Station and the project is scheduled to be completed in June next year.

The station has become one of the important landmarks in Taipei City. It is where three main train services converge, including the TRA, THSRC and Taipei MRT system.

The current building has been in use for more than two decades. Much of its infrastructure needs to be upgraded, including firefighting facilities and roofs.

Under the new design, the ticket booths, now at the center of the station’s lobby, will be relocated to the west side of the lobby.

The center of the lobby will be redesigned into exhibition area, allowing passengers to enjoy art performances from time to time.

The light-absorption shade on the roof will be replaced by solar panels. The entire project is estimated to cost approximately NT$900 million.

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