My coworkers tell me the problem was announced on the news. I ocassionally turn on the TV for the weather report, but this morning I was focused on what to wear. Woe me.
If they had been so nice as to put some kind of ad/sign/whatever in our lovely Tapinglin station on the Xindian line saying there was a MASSIVE problem, I would have taken a taxi... As it was, I got there 5 minutes earlier than usual -which is like 45 minutes before work, for a 20 minute commute. Lo and behold, I wait like 10 minutes for the train, the whole station is filled to the brim, and then we get into the cars Tokyo style.
By Gongguan a fight broke up in the next car and someone was hauled off by the hair. That's when they started making announcements in Uzbek and Muppet Swedish.
In Guting, as they were now using bullhorns to shepherd the masses at the platforms and sending people to take the shuttle, I asked a woman who had just got on if they had just said it was the Blue line the one that had broken. She had no idea and pointed to our train saying "but we are moving".
To play it safe, I got off at CKS and elbowed my way into the Tamsui train. Literally. It was already 5 minutes to work start whistle, so I reasoned I'd get one of those pretty paper slips from the nice clerks at the service counters in Taipei Main Station. You know, the ones that say you are excused from being late as it is their fault. Looking forward to filling the paperwork and getting all six signatures at work from my bosses so they won't dock my time off, based on that little piece of paper.
Oh, and apparently a maintenance and repair car, one of those that clean up the rails and such, toppeld over, closing not one but two lines, so they were sending the trains to turn around to Tapinglin, or so the woman at the counter told me.