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Traffic Update for 2016 Taipei International Lantern Festival

Anticipating a large number of visitors at the upcoming 2016 Taipei International Lantern Festival, the Department of Transportation (DOT) noted that past events indicate peak hours last from 6 PM to 8 PM, resulting in heavy traffic along nearby roads. The agency reminds the public to avoid traffic congestions near the venue by taking public transportation to the lantern showcase.
To alleviate likely traffic jam in the neighborhood of the Expo Park, DOT announced the following traffic control measures during the exhibition period:
1. Car lane adjustment on Minzu West Road (between Minzu West Road Lane 31 and Zhongshan North Road) between 5 PM and 11 PM daily.
2. Temporary parking space for unloading cargo located on the south side of Minzu East Road (across from Haipawang Restaurant) will be suspended between 5 PM and midnight daily.
3. Exit-only measures will be in place between 7 PM and 10 PM on weekdays and between 5 PM and midnight on weekends and holidays for the former Taipei Children’s Recreation Center’s parking lot.
Parking regulation for the vicinity will be as follows:
1. Motorcycle parking will be banned on sidewalks and arcade areas on the north side of Minzu East Road (between Shuangcheng Street and Zhongshan North Road) between 5 PM and midnight daily.
2. With the exception of large motor vehicles, all cars and motorcycles will be banned from entering Jiuquan Street and Jiuquan Street Lane 10 between 7 PM and 10 PM on weekdays and between 5 PM and midnight on weekends and holidays.
3. Vehicles will be barred from entering the lane on the east side of Haipawang Restaurant along Minzu East Road between 5 PM and midnight on weekends and holidays.
4. No Bicycle access to Taipei Expo Park (Yuanshan Park and Fine Arts park areas) between January 18 and March 7.
The bus stop “Datong University (westbound)” for buses 208, 246, R33, R34, 542, and R50 on the north side of Minzu East Road will be suspended between 7 PM and 10 PM weekdays and between 5 PM and midnight on weekends and holidays.
Bicycle rental service for the YouBike Taipei Fine Arts Museum rental station will be suspended during the Taipei International Lantern Festival between 7 PM and 10 PM weekdays and between 5 PM and midnight on weekends and holidays.
The 2016 Taipei Lantern Festival will take place between February 20 and 29 at the Taipei Expo Park.
For more information, please visit the Chinese website of the Taipei International Lantern Festival (http://www.2016taipeilanternfestival.com) or DOT (http://www.dot.taipei.gov.tw). You can also call the 1999 Citizen Hotline (for calls from outside Taipei City, please dial: 02-2720-8889).