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New Year's ridership on Taipei metro hits new high

New Year's ridership on Taipei metro hits new high

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) Ridership on Taipei's subway system in the hours before and after the clock struck midnight on New Year's Day set a new record high as nearly 3 million passengers rushed to countdown parties and fireworks displays, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. said Thursday. In the 24-hours between 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. on Jan. 1, the five lines of the Taipei Metro transported about 2.96 million passengers, up by 210,000 from a year earlier. The metro reported smooth operations despite the increase in passengers, thanks in part to the assistance of more than 1,600 staff members and volunteers. The inauguration of the Songshan (No. 3) line in mid-November boosted the capacity of the system, helping the entire network cope, the metro operator said. The new line and the Xinyi (No. 2) line that opened in 2013 helped stagger passengers, who in previous years could only crowd onto the Bannan (No. 5) line to City Hall and Taipei 101 for the major festivities. A huge number of passengers surged into Yongchun, Taipei City Hall and Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall stations on the Bannan line and Taipei 101/Taipei World Trace Center station on the Xinyi line at around midnight in a challenge to the metro's organizational capabilities. The operator dealt with the crowds by designating elevators specifically for the use of the elderly, the disabled, pregnant women, and children to help them navigate the sea of people. The number of the trains was also increased to help move people as quickly as possible. In the south of the country, the number of passengers carried by Kaohsiung's smaller two-line subway system on the New Year Eve fell by 16,751 from a year earlier to 351,287, Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. said. The north-south red line transported 277,306 passengers, while the east-west orange line carried 73,981 passengers on Wednesday, the KRTC said. (By Tsai Pei-chi, Cheng Chih-feng and Frances Huang)


Updated : 2021-09-20 07:15 GMT+08:00