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Xiaobitan line to be halted temporarily in off-peak

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Service on the Taipei City MRT system’s Xiaobitan Branch Line will be temporarily halted during off-peak hours between Dec. 10 and June 9 of next year to accommodate construction of the Xindian train depot, the city government’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems announced Friday.

The department said that after assessing the project, it was determined that carrying out the construction work during the night would pose too many safety risks.

The decision was therefore made to adjust the operating schedule on the Xiaobitan Line, which is a branch line of the Xindian Line that serves southeastern Taipei, to allow for the construction to be carried out during daylight hours.

Train services will be halted on the line between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day during the six-month period, the department said.

For the convenience of passengers who use the line, free shuttle bus services between Xiaobitan Station and Qizhang Station will be offered free of charge between 8: 55 p.m. and 4: 05 p.m. during the period. The shuttle buses will depart from each station every five minutes, according to the department.

More detailed information on the shuttle bus services will be posted on the Web sites of the department and related agencies from Nov. 25, it added.

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