Bike Access Cancelled for Two MRT Stations on Holidays Starting November 25
Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) announced that passengers with bicycles will no longer be allowed to board/disembark/transfer at MRT Zhongshan Station and MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station during weekends and holidays starting Saturday, November 25.The two stations will be added to the list of MRT stations banning holiday bicycle access, which currently includes MRT Tamsui Station, MRT Taipei Main Station, MRT Daan Station, MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, and MRT Nanjing Fuxing Station.MRT Zhongshan Station reports an average passenger volume of 35,000 per day and 31,000 transit passengers on a daily basis, while MRT Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station boasts an average daily passenger volume of 123,000 people. Given the number of passengers at these two stations and the frequency of elevator use, TRTC decided to prohibit bicycle access to these stations during holidays to avoid additional strain on the respective facilities.For passengers with bikes traveling on the Red (Tamsui-Xinyi) Line, they should board/disembark/transfer at nearby stations (note: MRT Taipei Main Station is also closed to bicycles). Transfer station options for cyclists traveling along the Green (Songshan-Xindian) Line include MRT Songjiang Nanjing Station, MRT Minquan W. Road Station, and MRT Dongmen Station.For travelers with bikes taking the Orange (Xinlu) Line, due to no bicycle policy for both MRT Zhongxiao Xingsheng Station and MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, they should disembark at other nearby stations. Cyclists traveling on the Blue (Bannan) Line can transfer at MRT Ximen Station, MRT Guting Station, or MRT Songjiang Nanjing Station.For more information on policies regarding passengers traveling with bicycles, please call the 24-hour customer service hotline (TEL: 02-218-12345) or the 1999 Citizen’s Hotline. Information is also available at the Chinese website of TRTC (http://www.metro.taipei/).