Passengers transferring at Guting jumps nearly 5-fold
The China Post
October 2, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
By Camaron Kao--The recent reroute of the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit system (MRT) has had an immediate effect with Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC, 台北捷運公司) yesterday calculating that in the morning period 34,500 passengers transferred at Guting Station (古亭站), up 28,700 people, or nearly five times the figure from the previous Monday.
With the opening of Dongmen Station last Sunday, TRTC rerouted the MRT to decrease traffic at Taipei Main Station.
TRTC said the main station yesterday had reduced numbers, with 64,600 passengers transferring there, a decline of 17,400 compared to the same day last week.
The figures also showed that some 44,800 people transferred at Zhong Xiao Xing Sheng Station (忠孝新生) in the morning period, a figure 18,100 passengers higher than last Monday.
On its first day after opening, Dongmen Station (東門站) accommodated 6,300 passengers by midday.
Yesterday Zhong Xiao Xing Sheng Station (忠孝新生) began functioning as a transit point. TRTC dispatched more trains on the Bannan line (板南線) to accommodate the increasing traffic. The company decreased the headway - - the gap between two trains - - from two minutes 15 seconds to two minutes five seconds.
Some 400 employees of TRTC were also dispatched by the company to assist passengers, especially at Guting Station, Zhong Xiao Xing Sheng Station, and Taipei Main Station.
The headway of trains from Zhonghe (中和) to Luzhou (蘆洲) or Xinzhuang (新莊) was also reduced from six minutes to three minutes, according to TRTC.
The headway from Beitou Station (北投站) to Taipower Building Station (台電大樓) remained at three minutes.
Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) appeared at the temporary control center in the Taipei City Hall which yesterday morning began monitoring the MRT. Hau also went to Guting and Taipei Main Station to inspect the system during rush hour. Hau thanked the TRTC personnel for helping citizens become comfortable with the new system.