Life on the MRT 2019

New year, new thread!


I use Ximen station every day. It’s a busy station, with Exit 6, the exit I use most often, being by far the busiest entrance/exit. Naturally, it can get pretty crowded. So, how best to manage this mass of slow-moving Taiwanese and bumbling tourists?

That’s right, narrow the staircase by a third to incorporate two ‘luggage ramps.’ I have never seen such pointless constructions anywhere else, and seemingly neither have any of the tourists who presumably are meant to use them. Thus far, in the month or so that they have been there, I have seen one occasion where people have used these, and only then because some security guy basically forced 3 tourists to use them.

I have been in Taiwan long enough, I really shouldn’t be staggered at the utter lack of thought that has gone into this. And yet… Something to ponder in the extra time it now takes me to escape the MRT.


Maybe the cosplay players complained about carrying their costume suitcases.

When I go to Ximen, I exit through the Red House Theater exit - number 1 I think- or anywhere else but Exit 6. It is always a zoo, especially the entrance. Wherever you want to go, just can just cross the street, or you can use back alleys and side streets, anything but that soul and toe crushing mob!


I had a good long look at those trying to figure it out. It was NYE so extra crushing

Haven’t seen the luggage ramps but if they’re not like these then they certainly missed a trick. How to get in the way of as many people as possible!~



Where’s that?

I have seen that spot but I can’t remember where. I just remember thinking they need more railings.

Between Taipei main and Zhongshan?

Are we restarting the game? :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

Robson Square | Vancouver, Canada

Kind of puts one in mind of between Taipei Main and Zhongshan, but it’s not like that.

12+ minutes! You have got to be kidding me!

Optimal use of available space without inclining the ramp too much! Smart!

BTW, talking circle line. Did they open by the end of the previous year? NO!

A full year behind… sigh…

1st section of Taipei MRT Circular Line to go into service in Q4

2019/02/12 13:55:55

Taipei, Feb. 12 (CNA) The first section of the yellow Circular Line of the Taipei MRT system that will circle around New Taipei City is set to go into operation in the fourth quarter of this year, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said in a Facebook post late Monday.

The new line, comprising 14 stations, will connect Dapinglin to the New Taipei Industrial Park through Xindian, Zhonghe, Banqiao and Xinzhuang and avoid passing through Taipei, reducing travel time.

The first phase of construction of the Circular Line is expected to be completed in the middle of this year, and the section should begin service in the fourth quarter, Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems Chief Secretary Wang Wei (王偉) confirmed Tuesday.

Service will only begin, however, after on-site inspections are conducted by the city government and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), and the MOTC approves the line, Wang said.

In his Facebook post, Ko also commented on future construction, demanding that the designs of electromechanical systems of other planned Circular Line sections that have yet to be built be fully integrated.

Reiterating his request at City Hall on Tuesday, Ko said the Taipei MRT network currently consists of five lines and four E&M systems, which is “not right” because more electromechanical systems make the network more complicated, and future systems should therefore be integrated.

(By Liang Pei-chi and Evelyn Kao)

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Told you so!

Our station is gathering dust in the meantime… sigh…

Yep, probably to be opened next Christmas/New Year. Western New Year…one hopes.

Taiwan’s MRT is so boring :flushed::joy:

Preferable to that though.

As for the circle line i’m pretty curious to how much more convenient it will be. The path seems a bit odd.

It goes to Costco, for me, that´s awesome.


Guys, especially those living/using the orange line, please check your cards. You could be the winner.

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