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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby antarcticbeech » 25 Apr 2012, 18:44

Today at Guting the red lights on Platform 2 (one of two platforms not in use) were flashing. Is it an omen?
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby tommy525 » 26 Apr 2012, 00:27

antarcticbeech wrote:Today at Guting the red lights on Platform 2 (one of two platforms not in use) were flashing. Is it an omen?


Its a portend of trains to come. Or its just a light test :)
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Incubus » 27 Apr 2012, 17:12

So they're going to add a loop at the end of the Danshui line. Interesting. Looks like we'll be able to take the MRT to the beach in a few years decades.

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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby PigBloodCake » 27 Apr 2012, 23:13

Incubus wrote:So they're going to add a loop at the end of the Danshui line. Interesting. Looks like we'll be able to take the MRT to the beach in a few years decades.

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They're adding light rails. Not sure how they're gonna design the track but I do hope that they don't run on the road alongside cars.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 27 Apr 2012, 23:23

PigBloodCake wrote:
Incubus wrote:So they're going to add a loop at the end of the Danshui line. Interesting. Looks like we'll be able to take the MRT to the beach in a few years decades.

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They're adding light rails. Not sure how they're gonna design the track but I do hope that they don't run on the road alongside cars.


Yea I don't think street trolleys work here, that area is far too crowded. That doesnt mean they wont try because urban planners probably havent even been in the area.
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Life on the MRT

Postby headhonchoII » 28 Apr 2012, 07:50

That line has been in the works for over a decade, I wonder is it 100% approved yet? Light rail/streetcars could work well in Taiwan in some locations. Taichung should have a streetcar system instead of waiting for decades for a mini MRT system.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby cranky laowai » 28 Apr 2012, 09:30

headhonchoII wrote:Taichung should have a streetcar system instead of waiting for decades for a mini MRT system.

What on earth would a city do with a good public transportation system? Infrastructure, schminfrastructure.

Isn't what Taizhong really needs a massive opera house? Oh, and one o' those Guggenheim museums, even though they don't come with any art. And how about a park on stilts! And....
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Life on the MRT

Postby headhonchoII » 28 Apr 2012, 11:38

Yeah what's worse is most of the population think public transportation is a waste of time now or in the future.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Taiwan Luthiers » 28 Apr 2012, 11:41

headhonchoII wrote:Yeah what's worse is most of the population think public transportation is a waste of time now or in the future.


Most people don't want public transportation because they think only poor people uses them. So the government has to make people use them, like make public transportation very cheap, car/scooter ownership very expensive, etc.

They are necessary in a place like Taiwan because the road is overcrowded.
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Re: Life on the MRT

Postby Poagao » 28 Apr 2012, 12:15

It's nothing new; back in the day Hsu Hsin-liang accused CCK of building "a highway for the rich at the expense of the poor" when the latter was planning the first north-south highway, and opposition to the plan resulted in the original multi-lane style being reduced to having only two lanes in each direction. See also opposition to Huang Da-zhou's Da'an Forest Park by the Taipei mayoral candidate Chen Shui-bian, who called it "Da'an Mud Park" but later pronounced it, when he was mayor, as a major accomplishment. And of course today, people protest more MRT lines being built near their houses because of the noise and construction, without any regard for the future, when their property prices will rise and the area will be more developed.
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