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Old May 28th, 2017, 05:25 AM   #241
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May 25, 2017
Airport MRT to turn first profit in six years: mayor
RED NUMBERS : The Taoyuan Airport MRT is under criticism for high losses and low ridership, but the city’s mayor emphasized this is normal for new lines
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Taoyuan Metro Corp is aiming to balance the budget for the operation of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT line within six years, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said yesterday, adding that the metro firm had experienced an additional financial loss due to the delayed launch of the airport MRT system.

The MRT corporation has been receiving revenue since the airport MRT system began operations three months ago, Cheng said, adding that the system has an average of 56,000 passengers per day, which is more than expected.

The financial status of the airport MRT system operator has been under public scrutiny since the company reported accumulating financial losses of almost NT$1.8 billion (US$60 million) since its establishment in 2010 only three months into the operation of the airport MRT line.

Several Taoyuan city councilors have proposed measures to boost the system’s ridership to reduce losses, including lowering ticket prices and asking international travelers to pay higher fares.

On his Facebook page, National Taiwan University law professor Lee Mau-sheng (李茂生) pointed to a lack of passengers using the smaller stations along the airport MRT line.

The government built these small stations to stimulate housing development in less-developed areas along the line, so they cannot be expected to draw a lot of passengers to the system, Lee said.

Cheng said it was normal that the small stations in the airport MRT system have fewer passengers than those in the Taipei Railway Station or Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

The central and local governments have failed to enforce urban development plans in some of the areas where small MRT stations are located, including around Shanbi (山鼻), Kengko (坑口), Dayuan (大園), Hengshan (橫山) and Singnan (新南) stations, Cheng said.
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Old June 23rd, 2017, 06:10 PM   #242
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Old July 27th, 2017, 03:16 PM   #243
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July 25, 2017
Taipei reiterates wish for Nangang light rail station
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Taipei Deputy Mayor Charles Lin (林欽榮) yesterday said the city government supports the construction of a light rail system between Keelung and Taipei, but suggested that the line’s terminal station be located at Taipei’s Nangang (南港) Railway Station.

Lin yesterday met with Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems Commissioner Chang Tzer-hsiung (張澤雄), Department of Transportation Commissioner Chang Jer-yang (張哲揚) and Department of Urban Development Deputy Commissioner Chang Kang-wei (張剛維) to explain the city’s stance.

“To enhance the connections between the greater Taipei area, Keelung and Taoyuan, we think the light rail system is necessary for the overall national land development,” Lin said. “The city government is supportive and willing to assist in accomplishing it.”

He said the city’s East District Gateway Project aims to make Nangang Railway Station a regional multimodal transportation hub that would connect passengers traveling on the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp, the Taiwan Railways Administration and the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) systems, while also connecting northern and eastern Taiwan.

The ministry has said setting up the light rail system’s terminal station at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall would be feasible, but the city government thinks it would be technically difficult, Lin said.
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Old July 31st, 2017, 02:50 PM   #244
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Rail terminus at Nangang said to cost extra NT$5bn
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The special budget for the construction of a light rail system to connect Taipei and Keelung would need an extra NT$5 billion (US$164.7 million) if the government followed the Taipei City Government’s suggestion that the route’s terminal station should be at Nangang MRT Station, rather than the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center MRT Station, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau said yesterday.

Under the government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, the Keelung light rail project has a budget of NT$8.1 billion.
The proposed extension of the route would entail further construction and land expropriation costs that would increase the budget by an estimated 60 percent.

The bureau planned to make the Nangang Exhibition Center Station the terminus of the light rail system so that passengers could continue their journeys using the MRT’s brown or blue lines, Railway Reconstruction Bureau Acting Director-General Allen Hu (胡湘麟) said.

In addition, light-rail passengers wanting to access Nangang MRT Station could walk about 1km west after exiting Nangang Exhibition Center MRT Station, he said.

The Railway Reconstruction Bureau is considering two possibilities for a Nangang Exhibition Center terminus, he said.

One is to build an above-ground station at Nansi Park (南汐公園), opposite the center; the other is to build an underground station on Nangang Road (南港路), he said.

The bureau favors the above-ground site, as it would allow smooth connection to the existing Taiwan Railways Administration railway route and light-rail passengers arriving at the station could access the Nangang Exhibition Center Station through two MRT exits inside the park, he said.
In addition, that option would not disrupt the traffic near the MRT station, the bureau said.

“However, the Taipei City Government proposed that the light rail system be extended to the Nangang MRT Station by an underground railway line. Therefore, our team has begun researching the possibility of building an underground light rail station,” Hu said.

More : http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../25/2003675258
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Old August 26th, 2017, 06:11 AM   #248
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Aug 26, 2017
Airport MRT welcomes 10 millionth passenger
LUCKY JOURNEY : The Japanese woman, who used the airport line for the first time, was given NT$50,000 worth of Breeze Group gift vouchers and MRT cards in a frame
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The Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System yesterday welcomed its 10 millionth passenger, who was given a prize, Taoyuan Metro Corp said.

The passenger was Japanese Yuka Shimooka, who arrived at Taipei Main Station at 11:34am, the company said.

Shimooka, a professor at Hiroshima University, said she has visited Taiwan more than 20 times and that she came to Taipei this time to attend a seminar, for which she would stay in the city for three days.

On her previous visits, she took the airport shuttle bus to downtown Taipei, Shimooka said, adding that she rode the Airport MRT Line for the first time yesterday.

She was frightened when MRT personnel stopped her after she passed through a ticketing gate, Shimooka said, adding that they then told her that she was the 10 millionth passenger.

The company gave her Breeze Group gift vouchers worth NT$50,000 as well as various Airport MRT cards placed inside a frame as a souvenir.

The two passengers who preceded and followed Shimooka were each given Breeze Group gift vouchers worth NT$20,000, the company said.

The airport MRT system was launched in March and it has transported an average of 54,000 passengers per day as of last month, Taoyuan Metro Corp chairman Liu Kun-i (劉坤億) said.

The daily passenger volume rose to 57,000 this month because of the Taipei Summer Universiade, he said.

“The Athletes’ Village is close to Linkou Station [A9]. Athletes from around the world are taking the Airport MRT system to go to different venues, and many of the venues are close to Airport MRT stations. People who want to watch the Games would take the Airport MRT system to watch the Games as well,” Liu said, adding that he is confident about achieving the company’s goal of transporting 80,000 passengers per day.

From next month, the firm will offer a 20 percent discount to people buying 12 tickets at a time, which would benefit college students and commuters, Liu said.
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