Taoyuan Airport MRT to extend service hours on New Year’s Eve

Taipei,  Taoyuan Airport MRT will operate a 41-hour non-stop service from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, 2021, to transport crowds of revelers expected to partake in a city government-held New Year’s Eve celebration, the Taoyuan Metro Corporation announced on Friday.

To help get New Year’s Eve revelers home and prevent possible traffic congestion, Taoyuan Airport MRT will operate the non-stop commuter service from 6 a.m. on Dec. 31 to 11:00 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2021, the corporation said.

On Dec. 31, Taoyuan City government will hold a New Year’s Eve party, titled “Wonderland,” at the High Speed Rail’s Taoyuan Station Plaza, which is only a one minute’ walk away from one of the stations on the Taoyuan Airport MRT line, called “Taoyuan HSR Station.”

In addition to the event on Dec. 31, six concerts to be performed by popular rock band Mayday at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium from Dec. 25 to Jan. 2, 2021 are also expected to draw large crowds.

To relieve congestion expected in the city during these days, Taoyuan Airport MRT will extend operations on Dec. 25, 26, 27, Jan. 1 and 2, with the last north-bound carriage departing from Taoyuan Sports Park station (A19) — the closest airport MRT stop to the stadium -= at 11:45 p.m., and the last south-bound train from A19 at 12:16 a.m., the corporation said.

The last commuter service train heading south will leave Taipei Main Station at 11:07 p.m., while the last one from Huanbei to Taipei Main Station will depart at 11:37 p.m.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, the corporation said, extra precautionary measures will be applied to Taoyuan Sports Park station, including intensive disinfection. Ticket gates at the stop will be installed with infrared thermometers used to measure passengers’ body temperature to detect those with fevers, a symptom of coronavirus infection.

Taoyuan Airport MRT operates two types of trains, commuter and express. While express trains call at selected stops, commuter trains stop at every station.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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