The Taipei Main Station, the first stop of the mass rapid transit (MRT) line between Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, is equipped with top-notch facilities that can increase convenience for travelers, system operators said Saturday in demonstrating the features for the first time.
Passengers heading to the airport will be able to use an in-town check-in service to ship their baggage and obtain a boarding pass at the Taipei terminus, said Tom Chen (???), section chief of the airport's business department.
The station can be reached by both Taipei MRT's Taipei Main Station and Beimen Station via the Tamsui-Xinyi, Bannan and Songshan-Xindian lines, he said.
With eight service counters that will initially serve China Airlines and EVA Airways, the country's two major air carriers, as well as four self check-in kiosks, passengers will be able to travel lighter en route to the airport, he said.
In addition, the station features six automatic bag drops, the first to be launched in Taiwan, to cut waiting times.
Roughly 1 million, or 5 percent of the passengers who travel to Taoyuan Airport's every year, could benefit from the service, according to Chen.
Taking an express train, passengers could arrive at Airport Terminal 1 in 36 minutes during the line's initial operating period, Taoyuan Metro Corp., which will operates the airport MRT line, said.
Train intervals during peak hours and non-peak hours will be 12 minutes and 15 minutes, respectively, it said.
While the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said there is no timetable for the launch of the airport MRT line, which has been delayed six times since it was scheduled to open in 2010 with the most recent being this past March, it said it is possible for the long-awaited line to start operations by the end of this year.
Source: Focus Taiwan