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Taipei Metro Gets Prepared for Coming Typhoon, Plans to Adjust Operation Modes Based on Weather Conditions

Taipei Metro Gets Prepared for Coming Typhoon, Plans to Adjust Operation Modes Based on Weather Conditions

Source: TRTC
To ensure the safety of MRT systems and passengers during typhoon season, Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) will set up its Disaster and Rescue Center alongside the city government's Primary Disaster and Rescue Center, to draw up typhoon response measures based on its “Standard Operation Procedure and Handbook on Preparation and Rescue for Typhoon and Flood.”
The MRT service cancellation guideline for sections affected by heavy rain or wind will be as follows:
1. For Heavy Capacity Systems (including Tamsui, Xidian, Zhonghe, Nangang, Banqiao, Tucheng, Luzhou, Xinzhuang, Xiaonanmen, Xinbeitou Branch, and Xiobitan Branch lines):
(1) When average wind speed reaches Force 8 over a 10-minute period at metro's elevated and surface sections, train operation on these sections will be adjusted to semi-auto mode, with a speed limit of 40 km/h.
(2) When wind gusts reach Force 11 or average wind speed reaches Force 8 over a 10-minute period at metro's elevated and surface sections, TRTC will report it to Taipei City's Disaster and Rescue Center and suspend train operation for these sections. Trains running on these sections will stop at MRT stations and passengers will be evacuated.
(3) The operation mode of underground sections of the MRT network, if not affected by the typhoon, will be adjusted depending on the number of passengers.

2. For Medium Capacity Systems (Wenhu Line)
(1) When wind gusts reach Force 10 or average wind speed reaches Force 6 over a 10-minute period, TRTC will report it to Taipei City's Disaster and Rescue Center. Trains will remain in service until they arrive at the terminal station. Then all trains will return to the Depot after operators clear the train of passengers.
(2) When average wind speed exceeds Force 8, but is below Force 9, over a 10-minute period, TRTC will report it to Taipei City's Disaster and Rescue Center. Trains will be stopped at MRT stations to evacuate passengers. Afterwards, all trains will return to the Depot.
(3) When the average wind speed reaches Force 9 over a 10-minute period, TRTC will report it to Taipei City's Disaster and Rescue Center. Trains will be stopped at metro stations to evacuate passengers, and further operations will be suspended.
Maokong Gondola service will be temporarily suspended, if affected by typhoons, as follows:

1. Services will be temporarily suspended if a land warning for any typhoon affecting the northern part of Taiwan has been issued.
2. Services will be temporarily suspended when wind gusts reach 16 m/sec (about Force 7) for over 3 seconds; or when wind gusts exceed 18 m/sec (about Force 8).
Passengers who wish to take the MRT or Maokong Gondola during the typhoon season and like to know more about train and gondola operations should call the TRTC 24-hour Customer Service: 886-2-21812345, or 1999 Citizen Call Center (for callers outside of Taipei City, please dial 886-2-2720-8889) for details.
To prepare for the heavy rainfall brought by typhoons, TRTC has double checked all of its flood control equipment, including flood gates, pumps, etc., in all depots, stations, surface sections, parking lots, and underground malls, as well as those at Maokong Gondola and Taipei Arena, to ensure that all equipments are in order.

  • Hit: 4560
  • Updated: 2012/6/20 14:25
  • Reviewed: 2012/6/20 14:25

  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government