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One train per 90 seconds on Neihu Line during peak hour: mayor
Central News Agency
2009-07-05 10:34 PM
Taipei, July 5 (CNA) The Taipei Metro's Neihu Line will operate one train per 90 seconds during rush hour Monday, the first working day since the inauguration of the new mass rapid transit service, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin announced Sunday.

Minor malfunctions and overcrowding still marked the second day of operations of the Neihu Line which was inaugurated Saturday. Some passengers complained that they were unable to enter the train or even caught by the door when getting on or off the train because the doors closed too quickly.

Hau said he has ordered Taipei Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Corp. to address the issue.

As crowds packed the new line in its first two days of operations, many were concerned whether the situation will get even worse Monday when people return to work. Hau said the interval between trains will be shortened to 90 seconds during peak hour.

According to MRT Corp. statistics, the Muzha-Neihu Line served nearly 160,000 passengers Saturday and the number of arrivals at the 10 stations along the Neihu Line reached 90,000.

With the opening of the 14.8-kilometer Neihu Line, each of Taipei's 12 districts is now covered by the MRT lines. It also marks the completion of the city's MRT network.

The Neihu Line is a medium capacity system connecting the Muzha Line's Zhongshan Junior High School station to the Nangang Line's Nangang Exhibition Center. Apart from Songshan Airport station and Dazhi station, the entire Neihu Line runs above ground.

(By Sofia Wu)



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