TRTC expands number of MRT stations for bikes


TAIPEI — Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) officials said that another seven Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) stations will be opened on holidays to bicycles from Dec. 4, adding to the existing 33 stations that allow bicycles.

The Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) said that besides Nangang and Qiyan stations, the stations newly opened to bicycles are mostly along the recently inaugurated Luzhou Line — the Luzhou, St. Ignatius High School, Sanchong Elementary School, Minquan West Road and Songjiang Nanjing stations.

The existing ticket fare for cyclists entering, exiting or transferring on the MRT system is NT$80 (US$2.6).

In another development that day, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin said during an inspection of the Nangang eastern extension work at the MRT’s Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station that there is no timetable for the line to begin operating.

“We declined to specify the date as we do not want the construction to be rushed,” Hau said.

His remarks appeared to be in stark contrast to the website of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS), however, which says that the line is expected to be open for commercial service within the next month.

The transfer service at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station has been highly anticipated, as it will connect the Taipei World Trade Centers’ venues in suburban Nangang and in downtown Taipei. At present, passengers wishing to travel between the two venues are forced to use a combination of MRT and shuttle bus to make the journey.