maunaloa wrote:Speaking of station locations... why no MRT station at Sanchong Tomson Plaza on the Orange line? THOUSANDS of people work there, great airport bus connection, ... but no .... let's locate the station a XianSe Temple, 3 bus stops away, so you can exit and look at a bridge.
I agree, but I think the purpose of these exterior lines is to provide better transfer connectivity rather than direct service. That plaza area is a total mess with busses already thanks to that school next door and those lights that don't make any sense. Maybe the plan was to locate it at the intersection of a major road so people could go north on busses, scooter, whatever (check a map, there's a lot more going on slightly northwest of that area).
Then again, the more realistic answer is that they were unable to grab the land through the TW equivalent of eminent domain and/or those buildings were built so poorly that building an entire station under them instead of a tunnel just under the street would be unsafe.