All of Taipei’s MRT lines will run for 42 hours continuously to cope with the crowds of revelers expected to congregate around Taipei 101 and Taipei City Hall for the New Year’s Eve fireworks and countdown concerts, Taipei City Government officials said.
Services beginning in the early morning hours of Saturday, will operate in frequencies of two minutes and 15 seconds between trains, while flexible volume control measures will be exercised at major MRT stations, such as Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station and Taipei City Hall Station, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp officials said.
During periods of maximum capacity, expected to begin at 7pm on New Year’s Eve, trains on the Blue Line will not stop at MRT Taipei City Hall Station.
This year’s Taipei 101 fireworks show, now in its ninth year, will feature a 202-second program using 30,000 fireworks that will be ignited to celebrate the arrival of 2012, which coincides with year 101 of the Republic of China.
The Central Weather Bureau forecasts overcast skies, with the nation’s north and east affected by a northeasterly wind on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s still too early to project whether the fireworks show will be affected, it said.
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