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Taipei's MRT trains to reduce services during weekends

As COVID-19 brought lesser passengers travelling by Taipei's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), the frequency of trains on four lines will be reduced during weekends starting Saturday (April 11).

According to Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) on Wednesday (April 8), the average daily number of passenger rides for March amounted to 1.2 million, a drop of about 36 percent from the 1.9 million recorded for the same month last year.

For this reason, the company will reduce its services on four lines, with intervals between the trains becoming longer. The lines affected will be the Tamsui-Xinyi, Bannan, Songshan-Xindian and Zhonghe-Xinlu lines.

During weekends, passengers will have to wait nine minutes at popular stations like Tamsui and Taipei 101 while passengers at the outer ends of the Zhonghe-Xinlu  will have to endure nine and a half minutes waiting time. At Daqiaotou and Nanshijiao, trains will leave every five minutes.

Trains on the Tamsui-Xinyi Line between Beitou and Daan will run at four-and-a-half-minute intervals between the other trains, with the same formula for the Bannan Line. The Songshan-Xindian Line will see a train every eight minutes, with trains between Songshan and Taipower running at five-minute intervals.

The TRTC said that the reduced frequencies will not be applied during weekdays and on the Wenhu and Circular lines.

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