MRT aims to transport 2.2 mil. passengers on New Year's Eve
By Queena Yen ,The China Post
December 27, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC, 台北捷運公司) announced that with special transportation measures planned for the upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations, their goal is to transport 2.2 million passengers in the span of three hours and provide easier commutes for citizens participating in the New Year's countdown celebration in front of Taipei City Hall.
TRTC further explained the plan as “two lines for entering and four stations for leaving,” a scheme which calls on citizens to approach the stage by the Bannan Line (板南線) or Xinyi Line and exit through four other stations around City Hall — those at Yongchun (永春), Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall (國父紀念館), Xinyi Anhe (信義安和) and Liuzhangli (六張犁) — in order to avoid huge crowds flocking into a single station at one time.
TRTC said that maximum traffic on the Bannan Line is 43,000 passengers per hour. With the help of the newly opened Xinyi Line, TRTC estimated that with both the Bannan Line and Xinyi Line, passenger capacity will increase by an estimated 70 percent and reach a peak of 73,000 passengers per hour.
In order to deal with the huge crowds of passengers joining in the New Year celebrations, TRTC also reminded citizens of some tricks to ease their commute on that day. TRTC said citizens should remember to add credit on their Easy Cards in advance and proceed to City Hall before the start of the performance. They also advised passengers to commute to MRT stations adjacent to City Hall and instead walk a short distance to City Hall in order to avoid huge crowds. Heavy congestion is expected at Taipei City Hall station, added the TRTC.
In addition, TRTC will operate for 42 consecutive hours without breaks and increase the number of staff to help handle the additional crowds.
The Best Place for Viewing Fireworks
A weather risk forecasting company predicted that the best place to enjoy the Taipei 101 fireworks on New Year's Eve will be in the Songshan (松山) and Nangang (南港) Districts, as views of the fireworks from these areas, which are located on the downwind side of Taipei 101, will not be obscured by smoke.
In addition, the Taipei City Government's Public Works Bureau (PWB, 台北市工務局) recommended 19 popular tourist attractions from which to view the fireworks, adding that the fireworks show this year will be the longest in history to mark the tenth anniversary of Taipei 101. The places identified by the PWB are mostly hiking trails in the suburbs of Taipei City, including the Sishou Hills (四獸山), Maokong (貓空) and Xianjiyan (仙跡岩).
According to the PWB, citizens who choose to come to these places to enjoy the fireworks do not have to worry about huge crowds and can have a great view of the fireworks from above.