Mon, Sep 10, 2012 - Page 3 News List

MRT station ready for check

TEST RIDE:According to transport officials, it would take up to two weeks to make the necessary improvements to Taipei’s new MRT station after inspections this weekend

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

The Taipei City Government and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications are to conduct an overnight inspection of the Dongmen MRT Station on Friday, with the station slated to open by the end of this month.

Dongmen MRT Station, located between Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Daan Park, is to serve as transfer station for the Xinzhuang and Zhonghe lines.

Once the station starts operations, Taipei MRT’s Tamsui Line and the Zhonghe Line will run independently, with Guting Station replacing Taipei Main Station as the new transfer station for passengers from Jhonghe (中和) heading to Taipei Main Station and destinations along the Tamsui Line.

Passengers in Jhonghe and Yonghe (永和) heading to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station, National Taiwan University Hospital Station and Taipei Main Station will be able to transfer at Guting Station and at Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station for destinations in eastern Taipei.

Passengers will be able to travel directly to Nanshijiao — the final stop on the Zhonghe Line — on the Luzhou Line.

Commissioner of Taipei City’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems Chen Chun-liang (陳椿亮) said the city completed the preliminary inspection process last month and has improved three infrastructural flaws.

The final inspection of the station is scheduled take place from 10pm on Friday to 6.30am on Saturday. Chen said the overnight inspection will simulate various situations to examine the station’s passenger capacity after it starts operations.

Chen said it would take about one to two weeks to make the necessary improvements in accordance with the evaluation, and the department would try to open the station by the end of this month.

Taipei Rapid Transit Corp general manager Tan Gwa-guang (譚國光) said the separation of the two lines aims to ease the heavy passenger flows at Taipei Main Station,

The route change will affect about 80,000 passengers, mostly on the Zhonghe Line. The number of passengers commuting through Taipei Main Station, which has a daily capacity of 300,000 to 400,000 people, will be reduced by about 10,000 to 20,000 a day, he said.

The policy will not affect ticket prices, he said, adding that passengers on the Zhonghe Line would save money and have a shorter travel time because of the changes.

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