The Taipei MRT transport system’s Xindian and Tamsui lines will not have routes or transfer stations altered once the Xinyi Line launches at the end of this year, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said yesterday, stressing the city government’s commitment to minimizing inconvenience for passengers.
The 6.4km Xinyi Line, the city’s second east-west route after the Bannan Line, is set to include seven stations: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dongmen, Daan Park, Daan Station, Xinyi Anhe, Taipei 101/World Trade Center, and Elephant Mountain.
Taipei City’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems initially planned to use Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station as a transfer station for the Xindian line, but decided to keep the originally-planned route between Xindian and Tamsui with a transfer stop at MRT Taipei Main Station.
The Xinyi Line will integrate with the Tamsui Line, and allow passengers to travel directly between Beitou Station and Elephant Mountain Station in about 35 minutes. Travel time between Taipei Main Station and Taipei 101 Mall is estimated to be about 11 minutes once the line is opened.
The department further extended the MRT route between Taipower Building Station and Ximen Station to connect the Xindian and Xiaonanmen lines.
“We will maintain the existing routes of the Xindian Line and Tamsui Line for the convenience of passengers, aiding the smooth operation of the MRT,” Hau said at Taipei City Hall.
Department Commissioner Tsai Hui-sheng (蔡輝昇) said the six-minute train intervals on MRT lines will remain unchanged after the Xinyi Line is launched. The new line is expected to ease the flow of passengers on the Nankang Line by about 11 percent, and reduce passenger flow at MRT Taipei Main Station by about 19 percent.
The decision to keep the transfer station for the Xindian Line unchanged is believed to be aimed at preventing similar complaints from passengers as those made after the launch of Dongmen Station on the Luzhou Line last year.
Guting Station replacing Taipei Main Station as the new transfer station for passengers from Zhonghe (中和) heading to Taipei Railway Station and destinations along the Tamsui Line drew complaints from passengers on the Zhonghe Line.
Taipei Rapid Transit Corp general manager Tan Gwa-guang (譚國光) declined to confirm whether the transfer station for the Xindian Line will be changed to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station once the Songshan Line is launched next year, but said more route adjustments will be necessary as the city continues to expand its transport network.