Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai met with Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je to discuss the Keelung MRT route. They met for nearly an hour and reached a preliminary consensus.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai visited the Taipei City Government on the 26th to discuss the Keelung MRT route. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je came out to personally welcome him. They then greeted with elbow bumps and handshakes, despite the fact that the two had been at odds over the planning of the Keelung MRT line.
Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “His classmates are all working at city hall. (Commissioner of Transportation Department) Chen Shyue-tair and (Commissioner of Rapid Transit Systems Department) Chang Tse-hsiung. ”
Is the mayor in a better mood today?
The two seemed to be in a good mood. After meeting for nearly an hour, the two sides reached a consensus on the route. MOTC supported Mayor Ko's proposal to extend the Xitung line to Taipei MRT's East Section of Circular Line.
Wang Kwo-tsai, MOTC Minister: “Mayor Ko hopes our Xitung line will extend to the Circular Line's East Section to have the most impact. The MOTC supports this. So we hope that after confirming this direction for the entire Keelung MRT today, our Railway Bureau and their MRT Department will hold some more discussions on the details.”
Ko Wen-je, Taipei City Mayor: “So will it be finalized next month? I tell you professional discussions will take a long time. The general direction is finalized. Our staff still needs to do a lot of research on the details. (So the electromechanical system is now finalized?) I'm sure it will be the same.”
It was originally planned that the closest transfer station on the Xitung line to the Taipei MRT was Donghu Station on the Wenhu line. However, the distance between the two stations is about 280 meters, which makes it difficult for people to transfer. The city government proposed to extend the Xitung line to the future Circular Line. At present, the East Section has not yet been approved. The preliminary plan is to construct the entire line underground. The starting point is from Jingye 3rd Road in Zhongshan District, and along Lequn 2nd Road to Ruiguang Road in Neihu District, passing through Songshan and Xinyi District and ending at Wenshan District's Taipei City Zoo Station. The Circular Line's East Section will connect with Wenhu, Songshan, Banqiao, and Xinyi lines.