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Greeting the Arrival of the Taichung MRT Era with Transit Services Provided by Bus Line #53 and #800 since 4/26

The Taichung MRT Green Line began its operations on April 25th and to maximize the effectiveness of transportation resources, the Taichung City Transportation Bureau planned five new bus lines around the MRT Green Line and adjusted ten bus routes and stops of ten lines. Since April 26th, Bus Line #800 and #53 overlapped with the MRT Green Line will use "Green" to renumber. Bus Line #800 was renamed as "Green #1" with same starting and terminal stops while Line #53 was adjusted into both south and north sections, respectively, renamed as "Green # 3" and "Green #2" for the use as MRT transit buses to improve utilization rate of mass transportation. According to the Bureau, Bus Line #800 "MRT Beitun Terminal Station-Renyou Parking Lot" was originally planned as the MRT pilot bus to operate with leapfrogging bus services on MRT overlapped sections and after the MRT Green Line commenced, Line#800 completed its phased services and was renamed as Green #1. Some routes were changed to provide services in areas such as Hanko Rd. and Datun Rd and stopped at existing bus stops. Bus Line # 53 "Taiyuan Station- Provincial Parliament" traveled from Wenxin Rd. and Wenxin South Rd. and overlapped with the MRT Green line. Thus, the route was cut into two: Green #2 "Taiyuan Station-MRT Wenxin Forest Park" and Green #3 "Taichung City Council-Provincial Parliament" to improve operating efficiency. Director General of the Transportation Bureau, Yeh Chao-Fu, pointed out that the MRT Green Line goes to sections such as Sunzhu Rd., Beitun Rd., Wenxin Rd. and Jianguo North Rd. where various horizontal and vertical bus lines are available for passengers. Additionally, a comprehensive inventory check was conducted for bus routes operated along the MRT Green Line and three strategies were proposed including the development of new bus routes, minor adjustments of existing bus routes and the adjustment of bus routes highly overlapped with the MRT Green Line to strengthen transit services of link-out buses at the stations of the MRT Green Line. The Bureau also offered new transit bus routes in the new replotting zones, the Shuinan Shuinan Trade and Economic Park and the Precision Machinery Innovation Technology Park with minor adjustments of the existing routes to shorten walking distance of the public in transit. For bus routes highly overlapped with the MRT, route adjustment was made and changed to nearby roads. Through bus route adjustments, both MRT and public buses can work together to have a synergy effect. Director General Yeh further said Bus Line #53 and #800 have high ridership and bus route adjustment will effectively integrate the public transportation system and avoid repeated resource investment and enhance link-out transit. After the official operation of the MRT Green Line, reviews of passenger demands and the public bus network with a roll planning method will be conducted to provide convenient transportation services for the public.
  • Data update: 2021-08-19
  • Publish Date: 2021-08-12
  • Source: Transportation Bureau
  • Hit Count: 41