Feb 01, 2017 Market Comments Off on Airport MRT to begin trial run Thursday
Taipei-- The mass rapid transit (MRT) line between Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will begin a trial period Thursday, the first working day after the Lunar New Year holiday.
According to the Taoyuan MRT company, groups of passengers that apply in advance will be allowed to travel free between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Feb. 2-15, the first two weeks of the one-month trial period.
Group travel will be restricted to six of the 21 stations -- A1 (Taipei Station), A3 (New Taipei Industrial Park), A8 (Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital), A10 (Shanbi), A18 (High Speed Rail Taoyuan Station) and A21 (Huanbei or North Link), the company said.
The maximum number of passengers in each carriage will be 40 people, the company said.
It said central government agencies, city and county councils, local governments and transportation business groups are welcome to organize group rides during the two-week period.
In the last two weeks of the trial period, from Feb. 16-March 1, travel will be free for all individual passengers on the line, according to the company.
Members of the public interested in taking free rides from any of the stations on the line must obtain a numbered tag that will be available at all stations at 7:40 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.
The system will impose capacity controls during the first two weeks of the trial run, with a maximum of 20,000 passengers in groups allowed to travel each day, it said.
During the last two weeks, a maximum of 40,000 passengers will be allowed to ride each day, the company added.
Rides on the MRT will be free to the public for a period of one month before it begins commercial operations March 2, according to the company.
After the MRT starts commercial operations, passengers will be offered a 50 percent discount on all trips during the first month, it said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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