Life on the MRT 2018


#301

Just turn right (passing Starbucks) and walk without leaving main hall. Nearly a straight shot with one zig and one zag but no turns or exits.


#302

Exactly. Just follow the signs. The path from Beimen Station is simple and all underground. Unless you’re sprinting like @tango42 I’d budget ten minutes to transfer (5 if you sprint!!!).

Guy


#303

Starbucks?

Now I know I was definitely lost.


#304

Yup there’s a nice underground Starbucks between Beimen Station and the Taoyuan MRT Station—steps away from the Taoyuan MRT.

Guy


#305

They have fixed the signs since they first opened the walkway between Beimen and the airport line. The signage was confusing and led people (including me) up a long escalator to the surface.


#306

No surfacing! That’s the key.

Guy


#307

Yeah I timed it walking normal pace
-8 minutes to the Beiman turnstile and green line
-13 minutes to the next closest turnstile which is redline under exit M1/ME and that’s if you know the direct route. A tourist would take longer.


#308

Any news about when the Circle Line (Yellow Line) opens?


#309

My ex-gf was riding a (mostly deserted) late train back after work in Seoul and woke up to see a guy standing in front of her tugging away at his manhood.


#310

I stand corrected. While the info said end of this year, the sad state of certain stations says otherwise.


#311

It’s not 5 mins, its 8 mins as you said or probably 10 mins with luggage and you know where you are going.

It’s got poor connectivity for commuters compared to all the other lines. I looked into it and supposedly the current station location was only decided late in the project. They need to put in travelators.


#312

They are. There’s going to be one in the main walkway between Taipei Main and A1. I hope it’ll be longer than the one that connects to Beimen. Why the half-assed job of covering just half the distance when they could’ve put in one that covered the whole length of the hallway?


#313

Yeah that is totally retarded.


#314

Actually pretty good job with all the signage transfer information.


#315

Then there’s this, maps next to each other but facing different directions.


#316

Whew, horrific. Never fall asleep alone on trains.

I always wonder what I would do in that type of situation. Maybe try to kick him in the balls repeatedly.


#317


#318

Lemme guess, the professional-looking map on the right was produced by Taipei Metro; the primitive-looking one on the left was produced by the TRA? If I’m correct, this is pretty much what you would expect—one station, (more than) two systems!

Guy


#319

these maps are always rotated based on which way you are facing when looking at hte map. it’s a big pet peeve of mine on these mrt maps, because i always have to re-orient the maps in my head so up is north. why can’t all maps just be set ‘north is up’ ?? do people actually like these directionally-oriented maps?


#320

I do! (As I’ve said a whole bunch of times, probably in this very thread, when the same point has been raised.)

EDIT: They’re especially useful at those stations where I’ve gone up a couple of escalators and flights of stairs and may have gotten turned around - the signs confirm that, yes, I’m heading south or whatever.