Life on the MRT

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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby tomthorne » 17 Nov 2011, 17:16

Sigognac wrote:
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pgdaddy1 wrote:The truth is, that if you meet a friendly foreigner on the street in Taiwan, he's probably a mormon ....


Fixed that for you.


Wow, look who's speaking.


Ouch! I was only joking, dude. I don't really think that friendly people are morons. Some of them can be a bit special, but they're usually OK :)
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Incubus » 17 Nov 2011, 17:25

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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby tommy525 » 19 Nov 2011, 14:42

Took BART to the SF CAR SHOW opening tonite. Nice ride there but on way back our car had a malfunctioning door that stopped us at several stations. Those BART trains are scheduled to be replaced after more then 30 years on the job. Or at least majorly refurbished. New seats very much needed.

Paid 10.65 to travel bout 30 miles each way. More expensive then TAipei's MRT.

But then Taipei doesnt pay its station attendants more then 100 grand a year or its drivers the same.

BART's a good living for a lot of people, even if its still a money loser. So much so that its a pain to find funds to replace those cars.

I prefer the Siemens cars over the Kawasaki ones on the TAipei MRT in general. I think they are a bit smoother . But there seems to be more Kawa cars then Siemens.

p.s. Amen to the eye candy on the MRT> IT seems every single car has at least one or two nice looking ladies.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 19 Nov 2011, 15:00

Had malfunctioning doors in the Berlin U Bahn several times too. Nothing is more frustrating than have the train stop at my station then tries to push the button/pull the handle to open the door only to have nothing happen, or having to kick the doors for it to open.

This even happens on the newer train type that are supposed to be similar to the Taipei MRT cars. In fact they "fix" it by putting signs saying "This door is broken, please use another door"
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Greek@Taiwan » 19 Nov 2011, 16:45

I usually read books on the MRT, so I am quite oblivious to the people around me, foreigners and Taiwanese all the same. Unless there is an unusually hot girl sitting next to me.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby jp_mtl » 19 Nov 2011, 19:44

Maybe it's not always the same messages and never noticed before, but I thought MRT messages were different for transfer stations today. Also, I know it's not new but... "thank you for your patronage", really?
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Dr Spock » 19 Nov 2011, 19:48

jp_mtl wrote:Maybe it's not always the same messages and never noticed before, but I thought MRT messages were different for transfer stations today. Also, I know it's not new but... "thank you for your patronage", really?


Quite correct. When you pay money for a service the vendor can say that.

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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Icon » 19 Nov 2011, 19:51

jp_mtl wrote:Maybe it's not always the same messages and never noticed before, but I thought MRT messages were different for transfer stations today. Also, I know it's not new but... "thank you for your patronage", really?


yeah, noticed at cks they changed the transfer info in Chinese.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby mike029 » 20 Nov 2011, 18:20

jp_mtl wrote:Maybe it's not always the same messages and never noticed before, but I thought MRT messages were different for transfer stations today. Also, I know it's not new but... "thank you for your patronage", really?


Yes, back on topic...I noticed this as well. Today at Minquan W Rd it actually skipped the Mandarin and Taiwanese and just read Hakka and English...maybe they're preparing the announcements for Xinzhuang Line now.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby tommy525 » 21 Nov 2011, 00:28

I still feel the MRT is a tower of babel. IT really should just be in Mandarin and English. IF they needed a third language then have Japanese. IF taipei wants to at least try to be "international". Hakka and TAiwanese is really not very much needed.

Very very few people in taiwan are still alive that can not understand Mandarin (taiwanese people I mean).

I wouldnt mind just having the voice in Mandarin and thats it. And then having the electronic signs read in English. Stevie Wonder is not visiting Taiwan soon so no need to even announce anything in English. Let the englishees READ dadburn it.

Too much fcuking noise on the MRT from all em frickin announcements at each stop. Stop the noise pollution.

I tell ya people's stress levels would decrease.
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