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Taipei City: Taipei MRT joins global 'Major League': president

President Ma Ying-jeou, left, and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin chat while on board the newly launched MRT Luzhou Line today.

President Ma Ying-jeou, left, and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin chat while on board the newly launched MRT Luzhou Line today.

President Ma Ying-jeou said today that the Taipei mass rapid transit system's new Luzhou Line would turn the city's MRT system into one of the world's elite networks by pushing annual volume to over 500 million passenger boardings.

"We've moved from the Minor League to the Major League, " the president said at the line's inauguration ceremony this morning, referring to the threshold of 500 million passenger boardings required to become a member of CoMET, a benchmarking group composed of the world's biggest metro systems.

The Taipei MRT is currently part of the "Nova" international benchmarking group that covers small- to medium-sized metro systems.

In 2009, total passenger boardings for the year on the Taipei MRT system reached 462.5 million, and the new line is expected to handle an average of 170,000 passengers a day, or another 62 million more people per year.

Ma said that beginning today, Taipei City and Taipei County could enjoy the same service level as metropolitan rail systems in cities such as New York, London, Mexico City, and Paris.

The president also encouraged Taipei MRT employees to strive for the goal of offering the best service of any metro system in the world.

Meanwhile, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin expressed gratitude to everyone who contributed to the completion of the Luzhou Line, and he promised that the new line would greatly enhance the quality of life in the Greater Taipei area, which includes Taipei City and the future Xinbei City (now Taipei County).

Hau also said the new line would more efficiently move the large numbers of people expected to visit the Taipei International Flora Expo, reducing transportation and crowd congestion.


Updated : 2021-05-19 08:56 GMT+08:00