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Operation Mode to be Adjusted When the Xinyi Line Opens
Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced on the afternoon of April 18 that in order to protect the rights of passengers who travel from Xindian to northern areas of Taipei (Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station to Tamsui), after the Xinyi line opens for service, the network's operation mode will continue its current mode of "Xindian-Tamsui." Adopting an operation mode with trains running on different routes will not only effectively relieve heavy crowding on the Nangang line, but also alleviate passenger transfers at the following stations: Taipei Main Station, Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, said Hau. After the Xinyi line opens, the trip from Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station to Taipei Main Station will only take 11 minutes.
DORTS said, when considering the overall network's operation mode, emphasis is mainly placed on "reducing inconvenience for the public," "increasing transportation efficiency," and "operation feasibility." After the Xinyi line opens, trains will maintain their current operation mode running directly to and from Xindian and Tamsui. Passengers from Xindian who want to travel north will not need to change trains. To travel east they will be able to transfer to the Xinyi line at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station by going down one flight of stairs, while for those who want to take the Bannan line, there will be a new shuttle service to Ximen Station from Taipower Building Station. Those who want to take the Wenhu line will be able to transfer to the Xinyi line at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station and then transfer again at Daan Station.
DORTS emphasized that through this cooperative mode for the operation of trains on different routes, Zhonghe line passengers will enjoy more transfer options. Passengers from Zhonghe bound for stations north of NTU Hospital Station will be able to transfer to the Xindian line at Guting Station. In addition, for those who want to shorten their waiting time or avoid peak hour crowding, they can travel via Guting Station to transfer at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station or transfer to the Xinyi line can be made on the opposite side of the platform at Dongmen Station. Passengers bound for eastern Taipei will be able to transfer to the Xinyi line at the platform one level down at Dongmen Station or transfer to the Bannan line at Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, or transfer using the shuttle trains running on the route "Taipower Building Station--Ximen" at Guting Station to reach the Ximen shopping district. The additional transfer options will create more convenience.
It is also emphasized that for construction of the Xinyi line civil works and E&M systems were completed in late February 2013. Work on Xinyi Road’s new alignment, wider sidewalks, and its road surface renewal project is scheduled for completion by the end of June this year. That will be followed by stability testing, simulation drills conducted by TRTC, initial and final inspections conducted by Taipei City government and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. The Xinyi line is scheduled to be opened at the end of December 2013.