Foreigners delighted at first Taichung Metro rides

Taichung Metro Green Line finally started its trial operation on Nov. 16. (Courtesy of Transportation Bureau Taichung City Government)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — After 11 years of construction, the Taichung Metro Green Line finally started its trial operation on Nov. 16 during which traffic exceeded 70,000 rides.

Responding to the launch of the Taichung metro, many foreigners expressed their desire to try the MRT and even compared it with the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit. 

On Tuesday, a social media user shared his experience of taking a round trip from City Hall to Daqing Station on Reddit.  

On Tuesday, a social media user shared his experience of taking a round trip from City Hall to Daqing Station on Reddit, an American forum.  (Screenshot from Reddit)

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“Fairly crowded. Masks are mandatory,” the user wrote and included a photo of Taichung city hall station, which drew many to share their thoughts on the new metro system.    

One commented: “Nice, hope it’ll see more ridership than Kaohsiung. Now all that’s left…Tainan MRT…in 2050?… I’m ready…”    

Another user said that Kaohsiung suffers from a city layout that has forced people to find other ways to commute than on foot before the MRT. On the contrary, Taichung was built to be a lot more walkable already. “Hopefully ridership is high right off the bat,” the user wrote.   

Another social media user who also lives in Taichung said that many areas in Taichung are very friendly to pedestrians, such as Yizhong St., Fengchia, or People’s Square. However, none of these spots are served by the metro system, the user wrote.  

The user added that he might go on it a few times to satisfy curiosity, but for him, the MRT is not practical at all, since the bus is free and he has a scooter and a car. 

In addition, many have positive comments about the Taichung Metro, saying that the stations look very clean and organized and they cannot wait to go there for a ride.