Taipei, People flocked to stations on the Green Mountain Line of the Danhai Light Rail Transit system in Damsui, New Taipei, Monday to get their first experience of riding on the new system that was inaugurated a day earlier.
Crowds began to queue at Hongshulin Station, the starting point of the northbound Green Line that runs into the Danhai New Town to end at Kanding Station, before 6:30 a.m. when the first tram was set to depart, the New Taipei Metro Co. said.
Many people had already gathered even before dawn and the beginning of the service, said company staff, and similar crowds were also seen at other stations on the 11-stop new metro line.
They called on people who just want to have a taste of rides on the first light-rail line in northern Taiwan to hold on to their curiosity a little longer, since the service will be free of charge for one month starting Monday.
The Green Line began its commercial runs Monday with services from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day at intervals of 15 minutes. Fares will range from NT$20 to NT$25 after the one-month free-toll period.
The 7.3-km line, the first phase of a four-line light rail system, links 11 stations between the Taipei metro's Hongshulin Station and Kanding Station, including seven overhead stops and four ground-level stops.
All the stations are decorated with public art work by Taiwanese artist Jimmy Liao, and the carriages are painted light blue with large windows for easy sightseeing.
Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council