Taipei MRT Parties with the Elderly


For the city of Taipei, it's not enough that their subway system has been ranked  No 1 for reliability, safety and quality for four straight years (2004 to 2007)  by the Nova/CoMET International Railway Benchmarking Group [In practice this means the subway arrives every two to four minutes.] No, Taipei wants its commuters to feel appreciated.  Last weekend they threw a free concert gala for the elderly, emphasizing the importance of everyday MRT etiquette.   That is, being courteous of commuters as well as women and children, not consuming food or liquids and abstaining from other nasty habits.

We should all be so lucky to live in such a conscientious city.

As a final note: the City of Taipei celebrates their city's subway accomplishment each year by inviting riders to send in poems about their mobile experience for the annual Bus and MRT poetry contest.

has been ranked No 1 for reliability for four straight years (2004 to 2007), according to the Nova/CoMET International Railway Benchmarking Group (of which Singapore’s SMRT Corp is also part).

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