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Old February 16th, 2012, 06:16 PM   #81
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Yup, Taipei Metro is a fast-growing and emerging rail transportation service.

Best of luck to TRTC now and in the future
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Old February 25th, 2012, 03:41 AM   #82
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Updated Saturday, February 25, 2012 0:05 am TWN, The China Post news staff
Taipei vows to listen to public in MRT revamp

The Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) of the Taipei City Government promised yesterday to include commuters' opinions when reviving certain lines of the mass rapid transit (MRT) network in the Greater Taipei region.
Officials at the DORTS made the promise when clarifying a media report that the department plans to readjust the Zhonghe Line by separating it from the Danshui Line as now to hook up with the Dongmen (East Gate) Line by the end of this month at the earliest.

Legislator Lin Teh-fu of the ruling Kuomintang said the DORTS should first communicate and coordinate with residents in the district of Shuanghe — the twin cities of Yonghe and Zhonghe in New Taipei City — if it plans to connect the Zhonghe Line with the newly opened Luzhou Line as reported or with other lines.

He said such a move will cause inconveniences for Shuanghe residents because those going to the Taipei Railway Station (which concurrently serves as Taipei Main Station on the MRT network) will be forced to change trains at Guting Station.

Lin estimated that about half of the riders of Zhonghe Line, which has been in operation for more than 10 years, will be required to change trains Guting.

Lawmaker Chang Ching-chung, who is also a KMT legislator elected from the Shuanghe constituency, said the alteration of the MRT service affecting the Zhonghe Line will cause substantial impact on women and physically feeble elders and children who want to go to the National Taiwan University Hospital and the railway station.

Yet he stressed that no firm decisions were made yet. But he said that the DORTS will definitely engage in communications with residents in the Shuanghe area through holding public hearings to include opinions and suggestions from parties involved.

Full article: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/l...aipei-vows.htm
Sigh, this again. They're getting ready to finally connect the two parts of the Orange Line, thereby re-routing one of the existing routes that originally ran through Taipei Main Station. Residents in Zhonghe/Yonghe are complaining about the route change and having to transfer at Guting in the future if they want to continue traveling the same way, even though it was planned this way over 15 years ago.

The new line section being opened is the Orange Line between Guting and Zhongxiao Xinsheng Stations. Currently, the Orange Line continues onto the Green Line (though CKS Memorial Hall) and Red Line (through NTU Hospital).

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Old February 26th, 2012, 10:14 AM   #83
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They're not even correct! It wouldn't make sense to change trains on Guting to go to Main Station; Dongmen and Zhongxiao Xinsheng are much more logical transfer stations. Besides, wouldn't one if the key benefits to this re-routing be spreading out where people transfer trains instead of making everyone go through Main Station?
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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:41 PM   #84
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I'm pretty sure the Brown Line is the only planned rubber-tired line on the system. They went with a rubber-tired line most likely due to all the twists and turns of the line route. All the lines currently under construction are steel wheel on steel rail.
But in future - CIRCULAR, DANHAI, WANDA-SHULIN & XIZHI lines are planned to constract as rubber tired lines. Is it final?
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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:44 PM   #85
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They're not even correct! It wouldn't make sense to change trains on Guting to go to Main Station; Dongmen and Zhongxiao Xinsheng are much more logical transfer stations. Besides, wouldn't one if the key benefits to this re-routing be spreading out where people transfer trains instead of making everyone go through Main Station?
Yeah, it's almost like people want to go through all the crowds at Taipei Main Station. Besides, these "transfers" they're complaining about are same platform transfers. It's the long transfer at Taipei Main Station they should be less happy about...
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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:56 PM   #86
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But in future - CIRCULAR, DANHAI, WANDA-SHULIN & XIZHI lines are planned to constract as rubber tired lines. Is it final?
The Circular Line currently under construction will use steel wheel on steel rail instead of the rubber tired trains.

Source: http://www2.dorts.gov.tw/news/newsle...8/rp288-01.htm

I can't find a source for the Wanda-Shulin Line (also under construction), however. The Danhai and Xizhi Lines are still very much in the planning stages, though. Based on the Circular Line, it would be reasonable to assume that future medium-capacity lines would use the same steel wheel on steel rail system.
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Old February 28th, 2012, 03:03 PM   #87
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Old February 28th, 2012, 04:45 PM   #88
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Nice bridge (classic but well-designed) and wow, it's the first time I've seen a 7-ELEVEN convenience store in a train station in Taiwan.

Nice stuff indeed
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Old February 29th, 2012, 04:40 AM   #89
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Yeah, it's almost like people want to go through all the crowds at Taipei Main Station. Besides, these "transfers" they're complaining about are same platform transfers. It's the long transfer at Taipei Main Station they should be less happy about...
are you sure there will be an XPT (cross-platform transfer) between Red Line northbound and Orange Line northbound at Dongmen? The way they're drawn on the map, it seems they're going in opposite directions at that particular point.

EDIT: never mind, you're right (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dongmen_Station). I wonder how those tracks must twist to get that point, though.
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are you sure there will be an XPT (cross-platform transfer) between Red Line northbound and Orange Line northbound at Dongmen? The way they're drawn on the map, it seems they're going in opposite directions at that particular point.

EDIT: never mind, you're right (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dongmen_Station). I wonder how those tracks must twist to get that point, though.
That area where they will be doing the re-alignments (CKS Memorial Hall, Guting, Dongmen) all have the cross-platform transfers for the future, which should make transfers more convenient not less convenient.

Good news, the re-alignment is official!

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../01/2003526723
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I wonder how those tracks must twist to get that point, though.
Maybe these diagrams will help:





http://www2.dorts.gov.tw/news/newsle...8/rp208_05.htm
http://www2.dorts.gov.tw/news/newsle...4/rp254_03.htm
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Old March 16th, 2012, 10:59 AM   #92
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Bigger MRT network means new lost property center
Taipei Times

With the expansion of Taipei’s MRT lines and growth in ridership, the number of lost items left by passengers has also increased, reaching more than 10,000 items per month since December, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) said yesterday.

TRTC’s lost property service received about 100,000 lost items last year, and the monthly pace began increasing in December, with umbrellas, EasyCards and cash the three most frequently lost items, TRTC customer service department director Yu Chia-chuan (游家銓) said.

The operator yesterday opened a new lost property center at Taipei Main Station, and made public lost items collected in MRT trains and stations. Of the lost items last year, which ranged from guitars to wheelchairs, and bicycles to false teeth, 17,600 were umbrellas, TRTC said.

“The number of lost items increased recently after the launch of the Xinzhuang and Luzhou lines, and we are calling on passengers to take care of their belongings, especially umbrellas and small items,” he said.

Yu said the lost items would be collected at the Taipei Main Station lost property center.

Only about 40 percent of lost items were reclaimed by owners, he said.

TRTC keeps lost items for nine months, but items can be claimed by the people who found them if owners fail to claim them back within six months. Under the law, the company owns the items if no one claims them after nine months, he said.

So what happens to the thousands of unclaimed umbrellas?

Yu said TRTC would be making them into courtesy umbrellas with “Metro Taipei” stickers on them and placing them at MRT stations for passengers to use.
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Old March 31st, 2012, 04:27 PM   #93
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Online poll identifies top Taipei MRT complaints
COSTLY AND CROWDED:The No. 1 complaint was the cost of tickets, but crowding on the Wenshan-Neihu Line and getting lost at Taipei Main Station were also mentioned

A recent survey conducted by -Yahoo-Kimo showed the “top five complaints” about Taipei’s MRT system, with most respondents unhappy about high ticket prices and the lack of a monthly ticket.

A total of 24 percent of respondents said expensive tickets was their main complaint about the MRT and they called for a monthly ticket to reduce the cost, according to the online poll entitled “micro-revolution of the MRT,” which collected more than 5,000 responses.

In addition, 12 percent of respondents expressed discontent with other passengers’ behavior, including failing to allow passengers to exit first, making telephone calls in a loud voice, leaning against the armrests and an unwillingness to yield seats to those in need.

Some respondents also grumbled about the insufficient parking spaces around MRT stations for motorcycles, whereas those for bicycles were relatively adequate.

The labyrinthine layout of the MRT’s Taipei Main Station was also a subject of discontent among respondents, with many saying its signs are muddled and cause passengers to get lost.

As the number of passengers using the Wenshan-Neihu line continues to rise, the medium-capacity transit system can no longer accommodate the volume of passengers, creating a crowded and stuffy environment in the carriages, respondents said.

“Its original design can no longer cope with demand,” respondent Meng Tzu-hao (孟子浩) said. “The carriages are always tightly packed with commuters during rush hours, which has greatly reduced the quality of travel and it must be modified.”

Passengers also made suggestions to improve the carriages, including alterations in the design of the seating, extending the carriages and enhancing the quality of the air conditioning.

In response, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp general manager Tan Gwa-guang (譚國光) said the company had made an effort to keep down costs for commuters this year by subsidizing passengers transferring from the MRT to buses to the tune of NT$1.3 billion (US$43.3 million).

The company has no plans to introduce a monthly pass, but it would take customers’ suggestions into consideration, he said.

As for the availability of parking spaces for motorbikes, Tan said it depended on the circumstances at each MRT station, as the company first has to guarantee sufficient parking spaces for bicycles, as part of efforts to promote the reduction of carbon emissions.

Acknowledging the complexity of Taipei Main Station, Tan promised to simplify the signs at the station and said he was also considering providing a direction guide service to passengers.

On the mounting dissatisfaction with the Wenshan-Neihu Line, Tan said the platform designs have reserved space for possible capacity enlargement in the future and that the company has plans to procure six-carriage rolling stock to supersede the current four-carriage trains.

He said the company would increase the frequency of the services on the line during rush hour to better cope with the volume of passengers.
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According to the http://english.dorts.taipei.gov.tw/c...2623&mp=115002, the "Dongmen gap" closes today with southern Orange line services no longer joining the red line, freeing up space for Green line services. Work is still ongoing to split the red and green lines. Until the red line extension (east of the Memorial Hall) opens the green line cannot merge with the Xiaonanmen shuttle.
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According to the http://english.dorts.taipei.gov.tw/c...2623&mp=115002, the "Dongmen gap" closes today with southern Orange line services no longer joining the red line, freeing up space for Green line services. Work is still ongoing to split the red and green lines. Until the red line extension (east of the Memorial Hall) opens the green line cannot merge with the Xiaonanmen shuttle.
ACTUALLY...With the opening of MRT Xinzhuang Line Zhongxiao Xinsheng ←→ Guting section & Dongmen Station,

train operating pattern of MRT Zhonghe Line (Guting ←→ Nanshijiao) can eventually be separated from MRT Tamsui Line & Xindian Line,

and join that of MRT Xinzhuang Line & Luzhou Line - Train operating sections are changed into "Nanshijiao ←→ Luzhou/Fu Jen University".

(According to the network plan of Taipei MRT, "Orange Line" originally consists of Zhonghe Line, Xinzhuang Line & Luzhou Line)

Besides, former " Beitou ←→ Nanshijiao" train operating section is also changed into " Beitou ←→ Taipower Building".
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Does anyone know when the Red Line extension to Elephant Mountain is expected to open?
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Does anyone know when the Red Line extension to Elephant Mountain is expected to open?
MRT Xinyi Line (Red Line extension) cks Memo. Hall (opened) ←→ Elephant Mountain section is planned to open by end of 2013 at present.

(In fact, it was formerly expected to open by end of this year, but the schedule was still postponed because of delays on related constructions)
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I hope this thread keeps going.... I love the pictures, the discussions and news about the Taipei Metro. I miss the Taipei Metro already.... when I get a chance to go back to Taipei I will spend one whole day just riding all the lines!
I'd also like to share with you one of my favorite stations the xinbeitou station
story here: http://brownmantrips.com/xinbeitou-s...1%8B%E7%AB%99/
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