Taipei--The new airport mass rapid transit (MRT) line between Taipei and Taoyuan transported some 100,000 passengers on Saturday, two days after it began commercial operation, Taoyuan Metro Corp. said Sunday.
It was the first weekend day of the service, which offers passengers a 35-minute ride from Taipei to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway, and allows air travelers to check in at Taipei Main Station.
The operator said that on Saturday, the number of passengers traveling to and from Taipei Main Station was 27,000, while the volume at Taoyuan Airport's Terminal 1 was 6,000 and at Terminal 2 was 8,000.
Other stations along the route that recorded high ridership Saturday were Linkou (12,000) and Taoyuan High Speed Rail Station (8,000), Taoyuan Metro Corp. said.
After a four-week trial run from Feb. 2, the line opened March 2 for commercial service, recording ridership of 52,000 passengers on its first day, about 60 percent of its average daily ridership during the free trial period.
Taoyuan Metro Corp. has estimated that the daily passenger volume will average 45,000 after the half-price discount period ends on April 1.
The new service runs from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily on the 51.03-kilometer line through Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan in northern Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel