ON Taipei’s metropolitain (MRT)
Have you ever dreamd of the perfect subway, clean, easy to use, without loooong junctions? Well there it is! As it was builted in 1996, I think that they had time to observe all the defaults of western metros and literaly erase any of them. Let me explain:
-Basically, few simple rules make the subway ultra clean: no eat, no drink, not even chewing gums are accepted in the sub… We would think of it as a totalitarian regime, but it is actually worth it! And it’s much more a question of respect for the others than just to bother the population (remember that horrendous smell of old kebab or Macdonalds?… ummm)
-No phone calls are neither really accepted , they recommand you to be very quick or to write a text, at least to be quiet.
(don’t ask me why you are not allowed to birds ant ducks and not other animals! 🙂 )
-They instored a system of waiting line of the platform: you queue to enter the tram! First arrived, first to come in (exept of course if there is old people, pregnant women ect, they pass first).
-There is also a safe waiting part for women during night, surrounded by a blue line and with three CCTV pointed on it. If you are scared that a pervert follows you, you can just go there, or even press a security button.
-They have a stric policy on perverts in the subway: “Stop Sexueal Harrasment“.
-There is also access to clean free toilets in every stations… ! Isn’t that mad?
-And finally, at night, instead of annoucing that all the metro are gone and that you’re screwed and have to walk back home or take a cab (which is quite sadistic if you think of it), they annouce you that the last train is coming soon and that you should hurry up to the platform…. !!!
As I said, a whole new experience… Also, it is all the stations are translated in Pinyin, the chinese words translated in our alphabet, and the rest is translated in english (exit, lift…) same at the airports and in the streets… Pretty nice isn’t? 🙂