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MRT services still cut after typhoon

MRT services still cut after typhoon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taipei Mass Rapid Transit rail services were still running at a minimum level Tuesday, even though Typhoon Dujuan had left early in the morning and the capital barely experienced any rain or wind.
The eye of the storm moved into the Taiwan Straits from Changhua County around 1 a.m., raising hope that Tuesday would be a normal day for the traffic situation.
On Monday afternoon, as strong winds buffeted the capital, services on the elevated and above-ground parts of the MRT system were suspended, but underground services contained.
However, as the typhoon disappeared off Taiwan Tuesday morning, MRT services were still minimal, with passengers in and out of the popular tourist destination of Tamshui having to wait 15 minutes for trains.
The situation was made even worse by the relatively good weather and by the decision of local governments to give people the full day off. Masses of residents crowded onto the MRT system to visit sites like Tamshui or to go shopping at department stores.
The Taiwan rail system and the high-speed rail line between Taipei and Kaohsiung resumed normal services at noon Tuesday. Many rail lines pass through mountainous areas sensitive to landslides, even after a typhoon has left.
There were chaotic scenes at stations on Monday, as services were halted during the afternoon due to worsening weather and many passengers wanted to reach home again before Tuesday’s original return to work following the three-day Mid-Autumn festival holiday. Both regular trains on the east coast and high-speed trains in the west were filled to capacity Monday.
In the end, most local governments with the exception of the far south decided to make Tuesday a holiday for schools and offices.


Updated : 2021-09-29 10:53 GMT+08:00