MRT Bannan Line Rolls Out Carriage Crowdedness Alert|北捷"車廂擁擠度"即時告知 板南線先試辦
Starting from May 7, the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation will add a "crowdedness in MRT carriages" information on station signs and its mobile app to inform passengers, such that they can choose to avoid crowded carriages in light of the pandemic.
All the seats on this MRT train carriage are taken and one needs to move sideways in order to pass through. This carriage is hence marked as "orange" to represent "a bit crowded" in the "crowdedness in MRT carriages systems indicator" put forward by the Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation. The alert system is intended to assist passengers to avoid crowded carriages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I think it's inconvenient because I still need to get on the train if I were in a hurry.
I can see if the carriages were crowded or not once I step onto the platform, so I think it's redundant.
The newly added function is split into 4 levels, from less crowded to very crowded. The green light represents passengers can move without any trouble within the carriages; the yellow represents passengers can move easily inside the carriages; the orange light means it's a bit crowded and that passengers need to move sideways to pass through; the red light means the carriage is very crowded and it's hard for passengers to move inside the carriage.
The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation said it added a pressure sensor under the carriages by suspension so that it could detect how much weight the carriages are bearing. This system is actually a part of a smart maintenance system to record the load data every day, but it has been put online in advance as a virus preventative measure to provide passengers with timely information.
We are doing test runs on lines with higher carrying capacity, so our next test run would be the Wenhu Line. We will continue to put this system online and observe the effectiveness later so that we can plan the follow-ups.
Currently, the JR line in Japan provides a similar service as well. The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation said it has visited other countries and adapted their experiences to the MRT lines. It has taken the company 3 months to convert the measurements on the loading capacity to measure the crowdedness inside a carriage. As of May 7th, the new alert system will begin the test run on the Bannan Line.
Passengers can use the mobile app on their cell phones or look out for the sign boards within the stations to learn the crowdedness of each carriage.
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