Taipei MRT to run 42 hours straight during New Year festivities

Taipei's MRT system will run continuously for 42 hours from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 to provide convenience for people celebrating the start of the new year (NOWnews)
Taipei's MRT system will run continuously for 42 hours from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 to provide convenience for people celebrating the start of the new year (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Taipei’s MRT system will run continuously for 42 hours from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1 to provide convenience for people celebrating the start of the new year, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC) announced Thursday.

The MRT will start operating from 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and continue until midnight on New Year’s Day, with the exception of the Xiaobitan and Xinbeitou stations, according to the TRTC.

The company advised commuters to avoid the Taipei City Hall and the Taipei 101/World Trade Center stations, which are expected to attract the largest crowds because of the New Year’s Eve festivities held in the area.

Commuters should instead use other nearby MRT stations such as Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Xiangshan, Yongchun, Xinyi Anhe and Nanjing Sanmin, the TRTC said.

In addition, starting from 5 p.m. Dec. 31, all trains on the red line from Tamsui and Beitou will be extended to the Xiangshan Station, as Xiangshan is a highly popular spot for viewing the Taipei 101 fireworks.

Also Dec. 31, bicycles will be allowed on the MRT from 10 a.m to 4 p.m., while YouBike bicycle rental services will be suspended around control areas near Taipei City Hall after 5 p.m., the TRTC said.

Meanwhile, service on the Maokong Gondola will be extended, with the last carriage on New Year’s Day departing at 2 a.m.