Long lines as Airport MRT opens trial to individual passengers

The China Post
Date: February 17, 2017
Buy: The China Post with CNA

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Lines snaked around Taipei Main Station on Thursday morning as

The last metro train of the day is packed with excited passengers returning from Taoyuan Airport to Taipei on Thursday. The trial run will end on March 1 and full operations at discounted fares will begin from March 2. (CNA)

prospective passengers waited for their turn to board the long-anticipated 51-km metro linking Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei.

Thursday was the first day of the Airport MRT’s public trial run, in which individuals were offered free rides. Some passengers staked out spots as early as 1 a.m., but the excitement was palpable and the mood giddy.

For the next two weeks, free boarding passes will be given out daily on a first-come, first-served basis at 7:40, 9:40, 11:40 and 13:40 at all of the line’s 21 stations.

They will be given a touch pass similar to existing electronic tickets used on metro lines in Taipei, which will be used to enter and exit each gate.    [FULL  STORY]

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