Sun, Nov 17, 2013 - Page 3 News List

New MRT Xinyi Line to launch

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

The Taipei metro rail system’s new Xinyi Line — the city’s second east-to-west route after the Bannan Line — is scheduled to begin operations this week.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) is to announce the launch date and discount fare plan tomorrow following the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ final inspection of the line last week, Taipei City Government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang (張其強) said.

The line will integrate with the Tamsui Line and allow passengers to travel directly between Beitou Station and Elephant Mountain Station in about 35 minutes.

Once the line is launched this week, east-to-west cross-city travel times will be shortened, with the journey time between Taipei Main Station and the Taipei 101 Mall

estimated to be about 11 minutes.

The line will include seven stations: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dongmen, Daan Park, Daan Station, Xinyi Anhe, Taipei 101-World Trade Center and Elephant Mountain.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station had been planned to be the transfer station for the Xindian line, but the final design reverts to the original plan of a transfer stop at Taipei Main

Station instead.

Department of Rapid Transit Systems commissioner Tsai Hui-sheng (蔡輝昇) said the six-minute train intervals on MRT lines will remain unchanged with the launch of the Xinyi Line.

The new line is expected to ease the flow of passengers on the Nankang Line by about 11 percent and reduce passenger flow at Taipei Main Station by about 19 percent, he said.

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