After 11 years of work, Taichung Metro Green Line was opened to the public on Nov 10, and passengers can travel for free for a month.
The much-awaited Taichung Metro System is finally ready. Taichung City Mayor Lu Shiow-yen announced that the trial run will start on Nov. 16, allowing people to travel for free for a month. It will be officially inaugurated on December 19.
The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 19.
Lu stressed that the city government will put meticulous efforts to ensure reliable operation during the trial run period. Meanwhile, the Transportation Bureau said during the one-month time, it will specifically develop a standard operating practice of the Taichung Metro. Stress tests will also be conducted to see how the system handles daily passenger influx, ticketing, and overall operations.
We will assist passengers with whatever problems they might encounter when taking the new Metro system. They are also required to use an e-ticket and wear face masks during the pandemic period.
According to Taichung Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Chairperson Lin Chih-ying, police will not be deployed during the test runs while there will be security personnel at all the stations and in the cars. The first challenge after it is officially inaugurated in December, is whether it will be able to handle the anticipated increase in passengers over the Christmas and New Year Holidays.
There will be three levels of control. The first level will be implemented when there is a huge influx of passengers, telling them not to get on the incoming train. The second level of control will be at the fare gates and the third level of control will be at the station entrance. The security personnel will not board the train but will be stationed at all the stations and premises. MRT police force will need a trial run due to security reasons.
Taking 11 years and three mayors to complete, the Taichung Metro's Green Line runs through 18 stations along a 16.7-kilometer route. It starts from the Beitun Main Station and ends at the High Speed Rail Taichung Station. Taichung's Transportation Bureau will also adjust the bus route to accommodate the opening of the MRT Green Line. It is expected that there will be over 90 bus routes connecting to all the stations of the Green Line.