Taipei City to restore Xinyi Road by end of June: official

By Lauly Li ,The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei City said yesterday said the Xinyi metro line (信義線) will be operational before the end of December, adding that the city government will remove temporary structures on Xinyi Road used in the metro’s construction by the end of June. Tsay Huel-sheng (蔡輝昇), Department Of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS, 捷運局) commissioner, said two more stops for the Xinzhuang Line (新莊線)— Danfeng (丹鳳) and Huilong (迴龍) — will become operational in 2013. Tsay said Songshan (松山線) Line will be operational before the end of 2014 as scheduled. Tsay said Xinyi Road has been under construction for many years, adding that once the temporary structures are removed, the surface of the road will be cleaner, and “the citizens will be amazed by the new Xinyi Road.” The sidewalk and bike path will be wider than before, Tsay said, adding that there will be a bus lane on Xinyi Road. Tsay said there will be 23 bus stops along the road, noting that the city government has already established 20 of them.

Necessary to Build Xinzhuang Maintenance Tsay said to ensure Denfeng and Huilong stations are opened as soon as possible, the two stops will be operational before the Xinzhuang maintenance depot is completed.

Tsay added that it is still necessary to build the maintenance depot. He said this is the case as both the Xinzhuang and Luzhou (蘆洲線) Lines rely on one maintenance depot in Luzhou District, which is not sufficient for repair and maintenance of both lines. Tsay said since the construction on Xinzhuang maintenance depot resumed in 2012 May, the DORTS have added 500 monitoring cameras on the site. In total, there are 1900 monitoring cameras ensuring construction is performed safely and to an acceptable standard.

Based on current statistics produced by the monitors, “I can guarantee that there is no sign of land subsidence at the construction site,” Tsay said. The underground Xinzhuang Line was originally designed to include a maintenance depot near Losheng Sanatorium (樂生療養院), a cultural heritage site built in 1930 to quarantine leprosy patients. There have been claims that the construction of the maintenance depot has damaged the Losheng Sanatorium building as well as destabilizing land in the area. This has led to the construction being delayed.