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Songshan MRT line to split Xindian, Tamsui lines

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The launch of the new Songshan MRT line by the end of this year will separate the current Xindian and Tamsui lines, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) announced yesterday.

According to Hau, the new Songshan line will connect to the current Xindian line, which is also known as the green line, while the Tamsui line will continue to connect to the Xinyi line as the red line.

The Taipei City Government said that the headway period between trains running on the Xinyi line will be shortened to three minutes and the headway period for the Xindian line will also be shortened from six minutes to between four and five minutes.

Hau said that after 18 years of operating the Taipei MRT system, Taipei City's transportation bureau has conducted various adjustments to the MRT lines and by the end of this year, the five major MRT lines will be separated based on five colors: brown, red, orange, green, and blue.

“Songshan line is the third MRT line that is an east-west straight line,” said Hau.

“It runs through Nanjing East Road, which is also called as the Taipei Wall Street and connects to the Taiwan Railway Administration's Songshan train station as well as the Taoyuan airport MRT line, which is still under construction,” Hau added.

“The Songshan line will bring positive effects to Taipei City for the potential changes it could bring to the areas that it goes through,” said Hau.

According to the Taipei City Government, the Songshan line, which is about 8.5-kilometers long, has eight underground stations: Ximen station, Beimen station, Zhongshan station, Songjing Nanjing station, Nanjing Fuxing station, Taipei Arena station, Nanjing Sanmin station and Songshan station.

Enforce Promotion: New Taipei City Mayor

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) yesterday said that the launch of the new Songshan line might affect people's commuting habits, so enforcing promotion is necessary.

Chu said the new MRT map will return to the original design that was planned 18 years ago, and most people will benefit from the change.

However, Chu said, any changes regarding the MRT lines will cause some people inconvenience, so the government should carry out a well-planned promotion.

Chu also said that the promotions should be executed patiently so all the commuters can better understand the redrawn MRT map.

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