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2019 New Year’s Countdown Party: Guide to Taking the MRT

For those who plan to attend the 2019 New Year Countdown Party and take advantage of the MRT system, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) announced that it will implement the “3 Lines for Departing” policy for the upcoming event.
 
In light of the countdown event at city hall, the MRT system (with the exception of MRT Xiaobitan Station and MRT Xinbeitou Station) will be running for 42 hours in a row – from 6 AM on December 31, 2018 through 11:59 PM on January 1, 2019.
 
As a reminder, visitors from other municipalities who plan to take either the railroad or high-speed train to Taipei for the event, in addition to transferring at MRT Taipei Main Station, they are also encouraged to consider the alternatives of transferring MRT Nangang Station to the Blue (Bannan) Line.
 
For those seeking locations to take pro photos of the dazzling New Year’s fireworks, possible suggestions include sites near MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station, MRT Xinyi Anhe Station, and MRT Xiangshan Station.
 
Furthermore, in light of December 31 being a holiday, to make way for crowds attending the countdown party, the MRT system will suspend bicycle carry-on policies starting at 3 PM on the designated date.
 
Maokong Gondola will coordinate with the overall MRT operation schedule, extending the departure time of last service to 2 AM. Service will continue until all passengers in the queue have reached their destinations.
 
How to Get There via MRT
ARRIVING AT THE PARTY
Visitors can decide whether to take the Blue Line or Red (Tamsui-Xinyi Line) to the party venue:
 
Blue (Bannan) Line

  1. For those traveling from urban areas in Banqiao, Xinzhuang, Luzhou, or Songshan districts: Take the Blue Line
  2. For those traveling from Neihu or Nangang districts: Transfer to the Blue Line at MRT Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station
  3. For those traveling from other municipalities: Take either TRA (Taiwan Railway) or THSR (High-speed Train) to either MRT Taipei Main Station or MRT Nangang Station and transfer to the Blue Line
Red (Tamsui-Xinyi) Line
  1. For those traveling from Tamsui, Xindian, Zhonghe or Yonghe districts: Take the Red Line directly or transfer to the Red Line at MRT Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station
  2. Wenshan area: Transfer to the Red Line at either MRT Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station or MRT Daaan Station.
LEAVING THE PARTY
After the end of the party, individuals are encouraged to take the MRT at the following stations: MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station; MRT Yongchun Station; MRT Xinyi Anhe Station; MRT Xiangshan Station, and MRT Nanjing Sanmin Station. They should avoid boarding at MRT Taipei City Hall Station or MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station. 
  • Blue Line
  1. For those heading to Banqiao, Xinzhuang, and Luzhou districts: Board the train at MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station.
  2. For those heading to Neihu or Nangang districts: Take the MRT at MRT Yongchun Station.
  • Red Line
For those heading to Tamsui, Zhonghe, or Yonghe districts: Take the train at either MRT Xinyi Anhe Station or MRT Xiangshan Station.
  • Green (Songshan Xindian) Line
For those heading to Xindian District: Take the MRT at MRT Nanjing Sanmin Station.
 
Train Service Intervals
To strengthen transportation effort to accommodate countdown party revelers, services will be operating at high frequency starting 6 PM. Service intervals for Blue Line will shorten to roughly 2 minute 32 seconds, while those for Red Line will shorten to every 3 minutes. Services will remain flexible in response to crowd number. In addition, all Red Line trains departing either MRT Beitou Station or MRT Tamsui Station after 6 PM will travel to MRT Xiangshan Station.
  • Blue Line
Service intervals to reach 2 minute 32 seconds, and will last until all passengers have reached their destinations.
  • Red Line
Starting 6 PM, service intervals will average 6 minutes (3 minutes for area between MRT Beitou Station and MRT Xiangshan Station).
  • Green Line
Service intervals average 6 minutes (4.5 minutes for area between MRT Songshan Station and MRT Taipower Building Station).
  • Orange (Zhonghe Xinlu) Line
Service intervals average 8 minutes (4 minutes for area between MRT Daqiaotou and MRT Nanshijao Station).
 
Bypassing MRT Stations for Safety Reasons
Depending on the number of passengers currently inside the main body of the station, train services will bypass the following two stations if the situation requires so. The two stations are respectively MRT Taipei City Hall Station (Blue Line) and MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (Green Line). Passengers can disembark at either MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station or MRT Xinyi Anhe Station and walk to the party venue.
 
Temporary Suspension of Bicycle Carry-on Policy
Due to the possible overcrowding of the MRT system during the New Year’s Countdown Party, the weekend and holiday bicycle carry-on policy will be in place between 6 AM and 3 PM on December 31. The measure will be suspended starting 3 PM on the same day.
 
Closing Time of MRT Stations and Connecting Underground Walkways
In coordination with traffic control and crowd control measures around city hall, Exit 4 of MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station will be closed at 10 PM. Exit 2 of MRT Taipei City Hall Station and the entrance to Taipei City Hall Bus Station will close at 9:30 PM. The connecting underground passage between the MRT station and city hall will close at 10 PM. Exit 3 of MRT Taipei City Hall Station and passage connecting to Xinyi Breeze will shut down at 10 PM. All YouBike station services within the traffic control area will be suspended temporarily.
 
Flexible Three-stage Entry Control for MRT Stations
In addition to spotlighted MRT stations in the vicinity of the party venue, all other MRT stations are prepared to implement a 3-stage entry control plan when necessary. These include “Platform Access Control,” “Ticketing Gate Access Control,” and “Station Entrance Access Control.” All passengers should be ready to follow the orders of station personnel and look out after their own safety and safety of accompanying friends and family members. 
 
Priority Passage Policy
The well-acclaimed priority passage policy and related elevator access control will see continued implementation this year. In addition to implementing the policy for MRT Taipei City Hall Station and MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station, MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station and MRT Xiangshan Station will both offer priority passage for the following people: disabled individuals, pregnant women, senior citizens, and individuals with children, and mobility-challenged individuals. Standard passengers should follow the directions of station personnel and take escalators or the stairs.
 
Increased Manpower at 12 Key MRT Stations
To ensure smooth and rapid response to possible crowdedness at MRT stations on New Year’s Eve, TRTC will be dispatching an additional 500 staff members to 12 key stations along the network to help with crowd flow guidance and passenger safety, including: MRT Taipei City Hall Station; MRT Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station; MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station; MRT Xiangshan Station; MRT Xinyi Anhe Station; MRT Yongchun Station; and MRT Zongxiao Dunhua Station.
 
Maokong Gondola Extended Hours
In coordination with New Year’s Eve events, the Maokong Gondola will be extending its hours. The last gondola service will depart at 2 AM, with operation continuing until all passengers in the queue have arrived at their destinations. Starting 10 PM, there will only be a single queue to board carriages, regardless of standard carriage or Eye-of-Maokong carriages.
 
 
For more information on related New Year’s Eve MRT information, please visit the Chinese website of TRTC (http://www.metro.taipei/) or call the 24-hour customer service hotline (TEL: 02-218-12345). 
 
For more information on the 2019 Taipei New Year’s Eve Countdown Party, please visit the official Chinese website of the event (https://www.newyear2019.taipei/en/index.html)