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What are the principles for MRT route alignment? (Planning)

1. The Taipei MRT primarily aims to serve the people of the Taipei metropolitan area. However, the service network will be extended to satellite cities to meet local needs.


2. The MRT network should link all major transportation corridors in the downtown area and suburbs.


3. To balance inbound and outbound transportation needs, MRT routes are aligned to run through the downtown area and to serve the periphery of Taipei City, so as to promote transportation efficiency.


4. Analysis of transportation volume and topographical conditions determine the system mode of each MRT line; meanwhile, the planning of overlapping routes that could cause competition between lines and lower transportation volumes is avoided in the planning stage.


5. To facilitate car shunting, the terminal stations of each MRT line should not be located in downtown areas.


6. In downtown areas, passenger trips and transfer convenience are the main concerns.


7. Extension of service in downtown areas will make the MRT more effective at promoting public transportation.


8. Areas that are already well developed or those with development potential, as well as those that possess a good auxiliary integrated transit system, are prioritized for MRT stations.


9. The appropriate distance between MRT stations in the downtown area is between 800 and 1,000 meters; in the suburbs, the distance is between 1,000 and 2,000 meters.


10. While giving priority to transportation function, MRT line alignments should make use of land already used for public facilities and refrain from the demolition of any existing properties.