The Taipei MRT System is pretty much the best thing about Taipei. Seriously. I’ve thought about this a lot. It’s a very modern, award winning subway system that will whisk you almost anywhere you want to go in this sprawling city in minutes. It’s clean. It’s convenient. It’s never late. It’s cheap. It’s easy to negotiate, even in English, Japanese, or Korean… It’s awesome.
The one complaint I think anyone would have for the MRT is that it can get very crowded at peak times. The biggest trouble spot used to be the transfer at Main Station, but since the Fuzhou-Nanshijiao (Orange) Line opened, the dreaded transfers now seem to be at the Zhongxiao-Xinsheng and the Zhongxiao-Fuxing Stations.
So, despite my love of the MRT, I present you with a photo essay based (mostly) about the crowds and flow of pedestrian traffic during peak hours.
The Taipei MRT 台北捷運 (aka the Mass Rapid Transit and sometimes referred to as the Taipei Metro (but not by anybody who lives here so don’t say that!)) was first opened in 1996. Since then, they’ve been trying to open a new line every year. The planned future lines are a real eye-opener and will almost completely negate the need of scooters or cars in the city. Click here for a full resolution map of the future expansion plans.
My only complaint other than the crowds at rush hour would be that the MRT doesn’t run 24 hours a day. It’s closed from midnight to 6am daily. If you want more information on the MRT, have a look at the wiki page, or visit the official website (While I’m complaining, their website could be a little better, too!)