New Taipei commuters benefit the most from new MRT Circular Line

The first section of the MRT Circular Line starts operations on Friday afternoon. (Courtesy of Facebook/@Dortsntpc)
The first section of the MRT Circular Line starts operations on Friday afternoon. (Courtesy of Facebook/@Dortsntpc)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — The first section of the Circular Line in Taipei’s mass rapid transit (MRT), which links four adjacent nodes — Bannan, Zhonghe-Xinlu, Songshan -Xindian and Taoyuan Airport Line, officially began operations on Friday. 

Banqiao Y15 MRT station (Photo by Dimitri)
Banqiao Y15 MRT station (Photo by Dimitri)

The new service spans 15.4 kilometers in length, providing free service until March 1 from 6 a.m. to 12:01 a.m. every day. 

Many took the MRT circular line on the first day of operation. (Photo by Dimitri)
Many took the MRT Circular Line on the first day of operation. (Photo by Dimitri Bruyas)
Many took the MRT circular line on the first day of operation. (Photo by Dimitri)
Many took the MRT Circular Line on the first day of operation. (Photo by Dimitri Bruyas)

The service will benefit the four districts with the highest population density in New Taipei City – Xindian, Zhonghe,Banqiao and Xinzhuang, New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih said during his inspection tour on Thursday. 

New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih had an inspection tour on Thursday. (Courtesy of Department of Rapid Transit Systems, New Taipei City Government)
New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih had an inspection tour on Thursday. (Courtesy of Department of Rapid Transit Systems, New Taipei City Government)

The travel time between Banqiao to Zhonghe or Zonghe to Xindian takes roughly 9-12 minutes since passengers in New Taipei can now travel around the city without having to transfer at Taipei Station. 

MRT authorities on Friday held an on-site inspection of the line, known as the Yellow Line, to check whether efforts to reduce the screeching noises produced by the line's trains when making a turn have been reduced. (Courtesy of Taipei MRT)
MRT Circular line  (Courtesy of Taipei MRT)

The new MRT line is also expected to save much time of passengers transferring to the Taoyuan Airport. 

For instance, you can take the Circular Line at Xinpu Mingshen Station to New Taipei Industrial park and transfer to Taoyuan airport. The new route can help you save nearly 15 minutes.

In light of the ongoing virus outbreak, all MRT trains are sterilized every eight hours, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said during the circular line opening ceremony on Friday.