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MRT Ximen, Beimen Station to Suspend Bicycle Access February 16, 17, 24

XimenThe 2019 Taipei Lantern Festival is coming to town! The event will take place from Saturday February 16 until Sunday February 24 across various venues: Zhonghua Road Section 1, Zhongxiao West Road Section 1, Beimen Plaza, Traffic Plaza No. 8, and Taipei Travel Plaza. Traffic restrictions will be in force at the nearby MRT Ximen and Beimen stations to manage the crowds. Furthermore, on the weekend days of February 16, 17, and 24, bicycles will not be allowed to enter or exit these stations from 15:00 onward, but MRT Ximen station will still allow bicycle transfers between different lines.

The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC) has announced that, due to the lantern festival’s centerpiece’s and the main stage’s proximity to subway exits, and to ensure the safety and comfort of the public, Exits 1 and 6 of MRT Ximen Station will only be open for entry but not for exit. Travelers can exit this station from Exits 2, 3, 4, 5.

To disperse the crowds quicker from the station’s platforms, the emergency escape routes will open up as temporary passages. Movable gates erected on the platforms will direct the crowds to these temporary passages so they can vacate the station quicker. Also, extra train services will be added if necessary.

Travelers should pay attention to the announcements in the station and aboard the trains, as TCTR may, depending on the crowds, adjust train schedules or request passengers to alight at MRT Ximen Station or MRT Beimen Station and proceed to the lantern festival venue from there. 

During the weekend of Taipei Lantern Festival (February 16, 17, and 24), bicycles will not be allowed to enter or exit these stations from 15:00 onward, but Ximen Station will allow bicycle transfers between different MRT lines. 

TCTR plans to dispatch 400 staff members to direct crowds at MRT Ximen Station and MRT Beimen Station and to control the crowds on the platform, gate, and exit levels to ensure smooth and safe entry and exit. The public is requested to follow the staff members’ directions and ensure their own safety as well as that of children and elderly in their company. In the event of service schedule adjustments or other crowd management measures, please wait calmly in the train cars or in the station. For more detailed traffic information, please contact TCTR’s 24-hr customer service hotline: (02) 218-12345, the Citizen Hotline: 1999 (Tel 02-2720-8889 when calling from outside Taipei), or visit the TCTR website: https://www.metro.taipei/.