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Taipei metro gearing up for year-end countdown

Taipei metro gearing up for year-end countdown

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Trains on Taipei's metro will run 42 hours non-stop beginning 6 a.m. Tuesday, its busiest day of the year, when it will carry passengers to and from New Year's celebrations including world-famous fireworks at the landmark Taipei 101 skyscraper. With the extension of the MRT onto the Xinyi (red) line, which opened Nov. 24, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) expects crowds to dissipate more quickly than last year, when more than 2 million people crowded onto the MRT in a 24-hour period. The closest stations to the celebration used to be on the Nangang (blue) line, but revelers will for the first time now be able to use three stations on the Xinyi Line to get to the celebratory concert and fireworks. The nearest stops on the new line will be Xinyi Anhe, Taipei 101/World Trade Center and Xiangshan stations. The metro expects crowds will be dispersed within three hours of the firework show, said Chuang Ming-tsung, vice president of TRTC. To help with crowd control, five shuttle bus lines will take people from the outer perimeter of the event to Taipei Main Station and other MRT stops. Beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, a cordon will be gradually expanded to prevent motor vehicles from entering areas around Taipei 101 and a square nearby in front of the Taipei City Hall. YouBikes from Taipei's public bike system will be banned in the restricted area, and 15 rental kiosks in the vicinity will be temporary disabled between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. on New Year's Day. After a week of cold and mostly rainy weather, the forecast for Tuesday is mostly cloudy with temperatures between 14 and 19 degrees Celsius during the day and between 14 and 16 degrees at night. (By Tai Ya-chen Jay Chen)


Updated : 2021-07-28 03:47 GMT+08:00