627,000 fewer passengers on Taipei MRT for New Year’s Eve

Amount of garbage collected at annual Taipei party drops by more than half

Taiwan News
Date 2021/01/01
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Fewer people at Taipei’s New Year’s Eve party meant fewer MRT passengers and less garbage  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system saw 627,000 fewer passengers than the 3.2 million registered for the 2020 New Year countdown celebrations due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Taiwan recently registered the first domestic COVID-19 transmission in eight months and discovered two cases of the mutant strain from the United Kingdom. As a precaution, Taipei City Government went on to halve the maximum limit on attendees for its New Year’s Eve concert to 40,000.

Between Thursday (Dec. 31) 6 p.m. and Friday (Jan. 1) 6 a.m., 2.58 million MRT journeys were recorded, compared to 3.2 million a year ago, CNA reported. The steep decline was noticeable at the four MRT stations closest to the site of the concert and the Taipei 101 fireworks in fashionable Xinyi District. Before the event, the MRT operator had advised passengers to use stations further away to avoid overcrowding.    [FULL  STORY]

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