To accommodate the 13th presidential and vice presidential inaugural ceremony on Sunday, traffic restrictions will be in place in Taipei starting today.
A rehearsal for the inaugural ceremony will be held today at 11:30am at which a salute battery, located on the southern plaza in front of the Presidential Office, is being fired for one minute.
Traffic restrictions will also be in place from 11am to 12pm today in the Jieshou Park area, including roads south of Ketagelan Boulevard, west of Gongyuan Road, north of Gueiyang Street and east of Chongqing South Road.
The traffic restrictions on Gongyuan Road, Gueiyang Street, and Chongqing South Road will regulate pedestrian use of sidewalks, though vehicles will still be allowed to use the roads, Taipei Traffic Police Corps said.
Starting at midnight tonight and lasting until 12am on Monday, three levels of traffic restriction will be in place around the Presidential Office, depending on the size of the demonstrations the opposition plans to hold tomorrow and Sunday, as well as inauguration events, Taipei Traffic Police Corps added.
Traffic restrictions will also be imposed from 12am on Sunday -until 12am on Monday in the vicinity of the Grand Hotel in Taipei where a state banquet will be held.
More information is available on the Taipei City Government Parking Management Office’s Web site.
Taipei Rapid Transit Corp said yesterday that Exit 1 at MRT National Taiwan University Hospital station, Exit 7 at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall station, and Exits 3 and 4 at Xiaonanmen station will be closed from 1am tomorrow until noon on Sunday.
In related news, Sunday’s inauguration ceremony will be streamed live on the Internet and there will be a Vietnamese translation of the radio broadcast for the first time, according to the Presidential Office.
Internet users can watch the swearing-in ceremony and Ma’s inaugural address from 9am to 9:50am on various government Web sites in Mandarin and English, the office said.
In addition, Radio Taiwan International will broadcast the ceremony in Japanese and Vietnamese.
An online album was posted on Wednesday to provide information about President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), who will be sworn in for a second term, and Vice President Wu Den-yih (吳敦義). The album includes details of the inauguration ceremony and the guest list.