Taipei aims to open MRT Xinyi Line by year’s end

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) of Taipei City yesterday completed a preliminary inspection of the construction and simulated operation of the Taipei MRT network’s new Xinyi Line (信義線).

Officials of the Taipei City Government said they are pushing to open the Xinyi Line, an extension of the existing Danshui Line, to public service by the end of this year.

The Xinyi Line, which will have seven stops and span about 6.4 kilometers, was originally set for completion in 2014. It will enable commuters to reach the Xinyi Business District and trade exhibitions at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) in just about 16 minutes from Taipei Main Station.

DORTS said they will forward the findings of their inspection to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), which will carry out further inspections before giving the green light to the Xinyi Line. The Xinyi Line will offer passenger transfers to three other MRT lines. The Xinyi metro line will span CKS Memorial Hall, Dongmen, Daan Park, Daan, Xinyi-Anhe, Taipei 101/TWTC, and Xiangshan stations.