Photos by MJ Klein
This weekend, Hui-chen and I were in Kaohsiung for a few days. I had the opportunity to ride the new KRT system and I noticed something that had escaped me before. I didn’t cover this in our 2 articles about the KRT during it’s testing period, either. I was surprised that I missed something as fundamental as this issue.
I’m going to present 3 photos taken previously. I would like you to click on them and take a look at the large sizes for each one.
This is a photo of one of the maps in a station. Typical of station maps, it has numbered designations for stations, as well as the station name, both in English and Chinese.
This is a shot of the map inside one of the cars. Notice that it also has numbered designations for stations.
This is a photograph of a vending machine for KRT fares. Please click on this photo and view the large size. Notice that the machines do not have the numerical designation for any station. Hui-chen has asked me to meet her at station “R7″. Upon looking at the machine and attempting to buy a fare on the system, I had to call her up and ask her what the station name was. FAIL!
When you are in Kaohsiung, be sure to tell the KRT personnel that the machines need to be re-programmed to display the station numbers! These numbers exist everywhere else in the system, including the outdoor signs!
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