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TRTC Completes Overhaul of MRT Station Escalators

Mayor Ko visiting one of the MRT stationsTo strengthen universal access throughout Taipei’s MRT stations, the city government allocated a total funding of NT$630 million into the addition of 62 escalators and 1 elevator across the network. Mayor Ko Wen-je inspected the new facilities at MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station and Zhongxiao Dunhua Station. He expressed his satisfaction after seeing the results.
 
According to the mayor, Taipei’s vision is to realize a livable and sustainable city. The administrative team seeks to create a city where people can live happily. The City boasts a solid infrastructure, with mass transportation forming the backbone of the city. To further strengthen this foundation, Taipei City introduced the NT$1,280 monthly pass to encourage more people to take public transportation. Also, the 480 points of Taipei’s Senior Citizen Card can also be used for mass transit as well.
 
However, he recalled a conversation with elders who pointed out that while the public bus and MRT systems are helpful, they feel that they have a hard time taking the metro. After further analysis, Ko realized that the original design of the system already indicated a lack of elevators. Furthermore, he realized that a number of stations only provide escalator for one way only, forcing users to walk if they enter from the other direction.
 
Regarding the original design’s deficiency and the problem it created for individuals with mobility issues, the mayor sat down with the Department of Rapid Transit Systems to explore possible solutions. As a result, plans for new MRT stations require a minimal of one escalator for the exits on the two sides of the station.
 
Ko also mentioned that after going through station-by-station, the team uncovered 63 locations which need at least one elevator or escalator. That’s why the city ended up allocating funds for 62 escalators and 1 elevator.
 
The mayor announced the reopening of Exit 3 at MRT Zhongxiao Dunhua Station, Exit 3 of Zhongxiao Fuxing Station, and Exit 4 of Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station. Subsequent reopening will include: Exit 2 of MRT Jiangzicui Station (October 15); Exit 2 of MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall (November 17), and an exit at MRT Fuxinggang Station (December 15) – with more to come in the next years.