TRTC Unveils Adjustments in Labeling of MRT Stations
To ensure that foreign visitors in Taipei can more easily identify the names of MRT stations, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) unveiled a new set of guidelines for labeling existing MRT stations. If approved, the company expects to implement the new scheme before August 2017.TRTC indicated that the current scheme consists of individual station names displayed in Chinese and English. To further help travelers new to Taipei’s metro system facilitate identifying their respective destinations on the MRT route map, the company has carried out improvement strategy research since 2015.Part of the research effort included online discussions posted on “Taipei City Government Online City Affairs Discussion Board.” Opinions and suggestions from online users were collected at the site between November 29, 2015 and January 29, 2016.An analysis of the 143 opinions collected indicated that those in favor of adding ID numbers to stations accounted for 53.9-percent of respondents, while those against the idea accounted for 43.5-percent of the total.Among the opinions which supported the policy of adding ID numbers to the station, 51.6-percent supported Alphabet with number, while 43.6-percent supported MRT route number with station number. In line with the majority of opinions, the new scheme will comprise of “Alphabet + Number”, where the number is arranged in the order of south to north and west to east. For example, MRT Xindian Station on the Xindian Line is labeled “G01” (“G” for Green Line and “01” for its position on the line). On the other hand, MRT Songshan Station is “G19”, identifying it as the 19th station on the line.The estimated cost for replacing all the signs and maps at the existing 117 MRT stations is NT$30 million.For more information, please visit the Chinese website of TRTC (http://www.metro.taipei/) or call the TRTC 24-hour Customer Hotline (TEL: 02-218-12345).