Traffic up over New Year holiday for Taipei's MRT
CNATAIPEI--Over 2.06 million passengers used Taipei's mass rapid transit (MRT) system on New Year's Eve, an increase of 23,000 people compared with last year, the Taipei city government said Tuesday.
January 2, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
More than 1,000 MRT staff and volunteers were deployed at various high-traffic stations between 6 a.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday to guide the throngs of people, most of whom were flocking to the Taipei City Hall area, where large concerts and fireworks for the year-end countdown were held.
The Maokong Gondola, a part of the MRT system that connects the suburban Mucha area of Taipei with the Maokong area in the hills above the city, also drew 23,000 passengers, a 42 percent year-on-year increase, according to government statistics.
Meanwhile, as of noon Tuesday, nearly 7 million motorists had traveled the national freeways since the New Year holiday weekend began on Dec. 29, according to transportation officials.