Taipei Metro to welcome its 10 billionth passenger with special prize giveaway

A number of events and activities are also taking place to celebrate the occasion

(Image by Taipei Metro)

(Image by Taipei Metro)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei Metro is soon to welcome its 10 billionth passenger, and Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation is launching a series of events and activities in celebration.

Starting today, citizens can register to participate in a “night-time observatory” activity, CNA reports.

For railway enthusiasts, a lucky 50 who are quick to sign up will be able to visit the MRT administration center during the evening, take a trip to watch the welding process that helps form essential parts of the transport system, and experience the automatic carwash.

Taipei Metro has also announced the lucky 10 billionth passenger will win free MRT travel for a year and a laptop worth NT$30,000.

A special prize can be claimed by those able to find a friend with whom the last two two-digit numbers on their I.D. cards add up to 100, and also those will the following Chinese characters in their name: 百, 億, 人, 次.

There will also be two special music concerts on March 30 and 31 at Da’an Forest Park station (捷運大安森林公園站) to celebrate the occasion.

Taipei Metro first opened on March 28 1996 after years of consultation, with 12 stations along what is now the Brown Line. The Red Line then began service on the same date the following year, transporting passengers from Tamsui (淡水) to Zhongshan (中山).

More information on the event, “We can’t make 10 billion without you!” can be found on the Taipei Metro website and Facebook page.