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DORTS Holds Explanatory Meetings for the Feasibility Study of Eastern Taipei North-South MRT System from March 27 to 29

In response to the requirement to rapidly develop the Eastern North-South corridor, Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) is planning to construct the Eastern Taipei North-South MRT system (referred to below as the Circular line East Section) in order to link up the currently existing MRT systems which connect with features around the metropolitan area, such as leisure and entertainment in Dazhi, the technological center in Neihu, the financial industry in Xinyi, and the recreational ecology in Wenshan. This MRT network will facilitate the realization of the concept of co-prosperity in the development of the Taipei Metropolitan Area. In accordance with the regulation of the “Directions for Application and Review of Plans for Mass Rapid Transit systems Construction Projects and Development of Adjacent Land,” the implementation of a feasibility study is underway. For three days beginning on March 27, DORTS is hosting explanatory meetings about the line and will listen to valuable feedback and opinions from local residents. The feasibility study is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018 and will be submitted for central review in an effort to obtain early approval so that tasks pertaining to the handling of comprehensive planning and environmental assessments can continue to be undertaken.

DORTS stated that in consideration of the future development of areas along the route, transportation characteristics, road system conditions, and the Taipei MRT system, as well as the convenience of linking with the overall route network, the opinions of local residents have been considered, and there have been preliminary feasibility studies on two routes. There has also been planning to link it with the Circular line North Section and South Section, and it is expected that it will be linked with Jiannan Rd. Station on the Wenhu line, Songshan Station on the Songshan-Xindian line, Yongchun Station on the Bannan line, Xiangshan Station on the Tamsui-Xinyi line and Taipei Zoo Station on the Wenhu line in order to provide transfer services and to improve the overall MRT network.

DORTS explained that the alternatives drafted for the development of the Circular line East Section in the Neihu area are divided into Ruiguang Road and Tiding Boulevard, both of which will adopt underground construction modes. In the future the line will be integrated with the Circular line and will take the shape of a completely circular network like the Yamanote line in Japan. The Ruigang Road project will stretch for a length of 13.12km with a total of 10 underground stations; whereas, the Tiding Boulevard project will be a total of 12.23km in length with nine underground stations. Currently tasks related to the feasibility study of the Circular line East Section are nearing completion. In an effort to assist the public in understanding the planning for this route and to collect relevant opinions and incorporate them for reference into planning tasks, on the 27th, 28th, and 29th, route descriptions will be held respectively for Xinyi, Wenshan, and Neihu to solicit public opinions for consultations.

DORTS also stated that the beginning of this study will be undertaken in order to gain an understanding of citizens' requirements for MRT routes in the Taipei Metropolitan Area, and from August 29, to September 7, 2017, there were six public opinion workshops and activities in Neihu, Songshan, Xinyi, and Wenshan districts. Through the brainstorming and participation of the public, transportation requirements between domain nodes were elicited for the eastern corridor of Taipei City. The three days of explanatory meetings for the routes which began on the 27th were announced on the DORTS website on March 16, 2018. The public are welcome to participate enthusiastically so that everyone can encourage us to establish convenient transportation.