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Old November 21st, 2013, 04:25 AM   #121
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Sun, Nov 17, 2013
New MRT Xinyi Line to launch
Taipei Times

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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Old November 21st, 2013, 06:58 AM   #122
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This was long overdue seeing as the Bannan Line is very crowded throughout the entire day.
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Old November 21st, 2013, 07:30 AM   #123
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YAYYYYYYY FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember when I was 22 back in 2006, I had just moved to Taiwan and saw Xinyi Road all torn up. I saw a sign that said that the construction would be done in 2013. I thought, wow that's a long way away, I'll be 29 years old when this opens. Well here we are. Time flies.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 08:51 AM   #124
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MRT Xinyi Line attracts 200,000 on opening day
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Taipei’s MRT Xinyi Line attracted more than 200,000 passengers yesterday on its first day of operation, with major stations including Daan Park and Elephant Mountain stations packed with visitors.

Passengers flocked to the stations along the line, which began operation at 6am yesterday.

Daan Park Station, with an open garden featuring artificial waterfalls and landscapes, was packed with visitors taking pictures and enjoying the views. The lobby was turned into a performance stage at night with concerts.

According to Ling Chi-yao (凌啟堯), director of Taipei Rapid Transit Corp’s public relations division, the ridership of the line reached about 200,000 as of 7pm, and the total ridership of all MRT lines increased to about 260,000 during the day.

Three hundred company staff members were on duty to manage the crowds and explain the transfer routes at 18 major stations, and free guide pamphlets were also offered at every MRT station, he said.

The 6.5km long line, which covers seven stations — Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dongmen, Daan Park, Daan Station, Xinyi Anhe, Taipei 101-World Trade Center and Elephant Mountain — integrates with the Tamsui Line and allows passengers to travel directly between Beitou and Elephant Mountain stations in about 35 minutes.

For one month, passengers who use an EasyCard are to enjoy free rides along the line, and can also get a 30 percent discount when traveling between the Chungho Line and part of the Tamsui Line between National Taiwan University Hospital and Beitou stations.

With a total budget of NT$39 billion (US$1.3 billion), the Xinyi Line was the second-most expensive MRT line in Taipei following the Chungho Line.

As the line passes through Taipei’s financial and business districts of Xinyi and Daan, the city government allotted a large part of the budget to the design of each station.

Daan Park Station, for example, cost about NT$14 million to build.
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Old November 25th, 2013, 05:56 PM   #125
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So from Tamsui, what share of the trains go to Xindian and what share to Xiangshan?
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Old November 25th, 2013, 06:39 PM   #126
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So from Tamsui, what share of the trains go to Xindian and what share to Xiangshan?
All Tamshui trains are bound for Xindian.
Trains to Xiangshan starts from Beitou.

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Old November 26th, 2013, 12:13 AM   #127
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OK, is there a sane reason for changing the color of the Tamsui-Xindian line midway through the map other than to purposefully confuse people? That map is sick.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 01:17 AM   #128
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OK, is there a sane reason for changing the color of the Tamsui-Xindian line midway through the map other than to purposefully confuse people? That map is sick.
Yes, because the Xindian Line is planned to connect to the Songshan Line (also green) when it's completed next year. At that point, all Xindian Line trains will continue on that line, and the Red/Green switch won't be an issue anymore.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 03:51 AM   #129
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Well, as it stands now, it is unnecessarily confusing.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 10:03 PM   #130
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Updated map of Taipei Metro on urbanrail.net

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Old November 26th, 2013, 10:31 PM   #131
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According to the official map, on Urbanrail map there must be an error.
Light green line reaches now Taipower Bldg.
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Old November 26th, 2013, 11:39 PM   #132
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Explore Metro seems to have the correct map with the new extension to Taipower Building (not Railpower):



http://www.exploremetro.com/blog/tra...tro-xinyi-line
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Old November 27th, 2013, 07:28 AM   #133
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I used to live at Taipower Building Station. Looks like my little station has gone through a lot of changes.

The Red/Green thing is definitely confusing, but once you live there for a while you get used to it. When you switch from Red to Green after Guting it is the same train. All you have to do is look at the final destination of the train when you are north of Chaingkai Shek Memorial Hall, the train will either say "to Xindian" or "to Xiangshan". They will also make an announcement in 4 languages.
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Old November 28th, 2013, 06:42 AM   #134
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Are there any direct rail connections to any of the two major international airports (Songshan and Taoyuan)?
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Old November 28th, 2013, 11:52 AM   #135
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Are there any direct rail connections to any of the two major international airports (Songshan and Taoyuan)?
Songshan is on the MRT line while a dedicated airport rail line is under construction to Taoyuan.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 06:51 AM   #136
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Taipei metro is exdending gradually. After long awaiting downtown extension of red line has finally opened, along with western extension of orange line.

By the way, I heard both Taipei is now constructing a tram network which will be opened in this year, along with a tram network in Kaohsiung which will be opened in next year. Is it tru? If yeas, please post a map and some details here.
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Old March 17th, 2014, 08:23 PM   #137
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Latest news from Taipei - Green Line extension from Ximen to Songshan (aka Songshan line) will open this Saturday. Free ride for the first month:
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/l...T-Songshan.htm
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Songshan MRT station, taken from Want China Times:

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Old November 11th, 2014, 06:15 PM   #140
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Latest news from Taipei - Green Line extension from Ximen to Songshan (aka Songshan line) will open this Saturday. Free ride for the first month:
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/l...T-Songshan.htm
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The Metro operator has also rolled out a coded number system for each of the five lines based on the time of their inauguration in a bid to make the system more accessible for international passengers.

The Wenhu (brown) line is now designated route No. 1; the Tamsui-Xinyi (red) line will be route No. 2; the Songshan-Xindian (green) line will be route No. 3; the Zhonghe-Xinlu (orange) line is route No. 4; and the Bannan (blue) line is No. 5.
This looks to be similar to what Toronto recently did.
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