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Reactions to new Neihu MRT line mixed

Reactions to new Neihu MRT line mixed

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) People riding the Taipei rapid transit system's new Neihu Line Monday on its first day of passenger test runs were generally satisfied with the new service, but some also complained about the line's narrow cars.
A total of 21,648 people tried the new Taipei Metro line Monday, the first day of a three-day trial run.
A woman surnamed Peng took her octogenarian wheelchair-bound father for a ride on the train, saying that "it will be more convenient for me to take my father to Taipei City with the new Metro line." Aslam, a Pakistani from Hong Kong traveling in Taiwan, said he learned about the free test rides in the newspaper and was "very satisfied" with the service.
A 75-year passenger surnamed Yeh said she "felt it was a quite comfortable experience, " and she is planning to take her 93-year-old mother with her on the train Tuesday.
A woman surnamed Hsieh, however, complained about the narrow train cars, asking why Taipei Metro did not make the cars bigger and more comfortable since it was the newest line built.
Hsieh also complained about the distribution of test ride tickets and the returning of the tickets at the end of the journey, saying that this was "troublesome" and a "waste of money." During the test runs, two small incidents occurred, although both proved to be false alarms.
At 9: 10 a.m., a signal appeared warning that a train's brakes had locked, while at 10: 30 a.m., an MRT sensor detected a foreign object on the tracks.
In both cases, trains were immediately brought to a stop and kept in place for over a minute before the false alarms disappeared.
Taipei Metro said it would "review the two incidents, " and that "it is also improving the noise problem along the line." The Neihu line is slated to formally open to the public on July 4.
The Taipei Metro Neihu Line is a medium capacity system and runs on an elevated corridor except near Taipei Songshan Airport. The line spans 14.8 kilometers and intersects with the Muzha Line, providing direct service through Neihu, Nangang and Muzha.
The construction of the line began in May 2002. During his time as mayor of Taipei, President Ma Ying-jeou battled soaring costs and construction delays.
The line's "high volume, underground" model was changed to a "medium volume, above ground" model, and when he was mayor, Ma personally fought for the inclusion of a station at Songshan Airport.
To drum up interest for the Neihu line's opening, Taipei Metro is giving away free tickets for rides on the line until July 1. Some 50,000 tickets will be distributed per day on both June 29 and 30, and 30,000 will be handed out on July 1.
Travelers can collect the free tickets at the 10 participating stations along the line: Jiannan Road Station, Xihu Station, Gangqian Station, Wende Station, Neihu Station, Dahu Station, Huzhou Station, Donghu Station, Nangang Software Park Station, and Nangang Exhibition Center Station.
(By Lilian Wu)




Updated : 2021-06-15 09:26 GMT+08:00