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EU: European officials in Taipei to learn MRT management skills

EU: European officials in Taipei to learn MRT management skills

A group of officials from four southeast European countries are attending a special workshop in Taiwan to get training from Taipei City on how to manage a mass rapid transport (MRT) network in a metropolitan area, a senior Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said today.

A total of 11 officials responsible for public transportation in the capitals of Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and Croatia are participating in the workshop, which is focused on the management and operations of Taipei's MRT system, said Vice Foreign Minister Shen Ssu-tsun.

The program has been organized in cooperation with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), according to Shen.

Traffic congestion has posed a challenge to many metropolitan areas around the world, Shen said, but the Taipei City government has developed and established a MRT and public bus transport network that has delivered greater comfort and convenience to city residents.

"This model is one that capitals of other countries want to imitate," he said.

Shen and EBRD Vice President Varel Freeman jointly hosted a ceremony to mark the opening of the special training workshop.

The workshop opened on the same day that the city opened the new Luzhou Line in its subway network, and MOFA officials said the European visitors expressed interest in visiting it.

They also indicated they wanted to study the ins and outs of the EasyCard -- a stored value card used to pay bus and subway fares in the Taipei system.