公館裡最擠的地方 ~ The Busiest Place in Gongguan

羅斯福路和基隆路的交叉點 – Roosevelt & Keelung

公館裡最擠的地方
作者:史杰輝
編輯:黃老師

在公館捷運站前面看得到許多上下班及上下課的人正在等公共汽車。好像哪裡都有辦法到達。不過公館最擠的地方也沒有那麽多的行人和自行車。因爲車太多的關係,羅斯福路和基隆路的交叉點對行人和自行車來説有一點兒危險。

那個路口是圓的環形交叉路。汽車和機車一群一群地經過。有許多紅綠燈和兩位警察管制交通。警察用指揮棒指揮違反規則的車。行人跟自行車可以繞路,雖然不用花時間等紅綠燈繞路,也不會花太多時間,可是這麽做的人不多。在捷運站旁,還可以用行人專用的地下通道穿過羅斯福路。

兩條大路,兩條小路,總共二十七條車道進出這個圓環。另外基隆路高架道路和巴士專用高架橋下通道跨過整個交點。基隆路高架道路是從新店溪對面通到辛亥路的。下隧道會直直通過羅斯福路,出口在車道中心。看不到的捷運線也順著羅斯福路行駛。

車大部分進路口以後往右轉或是一直走,可是有耐心的司機也可以往左轉。開過頭的車也能往左迴轉,回到想去的出口。雖然在路口約有一百輛車左右持續地通過,但是我沒看到車禍發生,連交通混亂的情形也沒看到。不過我臺北的朋友還覺得很危險。提醒我一定要注意。司機們根本不想讓自己和幾萬人上班遲到,於是在路口小心地開車。

一旁明顯的建築物有兩棟台電大樓,一棟一般的辦公大樓,一所警察局,和民族國中。可能學生可能一整天都聼得到車子的聲音。因爲過馬路不容易,所以上下課的時候,志工協助幫學生過馬路。另外還有一家早餐店,機車常常停在前面買蛋餅,包子之類的臺灣式早餐。

觀察那個路口給我相當深的印象。這個圓環展現了創造性的工程設計。

The Busiest Place in Gongguan
Author: James Smyth
Editor: Huang Xin-hui

Many people wait for buses in front of Gongguan MRT Station to take them to and from work and school. It seems like you can get anywhere from there. But the busiest place in Gongguan doesn’t have that many people and bicycles. Because there are so many cars at the Roosevelt & Keelung intersection, pedestrians find it dangerous.

It’s a roundabout. Cars and motor scooters pass through it in packs. Two policemen and a hoard of stoplights direct traffic. The policemen use batons to restrain offending vehicles. Pedestrians can walk around the intersection, but even though it doesn’t take that long to cross because the lights alternate so quickly, you don’t see very many of them. On the MRT Station’s side of Roosevelt Road, there’s also an underground walkway.

Two big roads and two small ones, 27 lanes in all, go into and out of the roundabout. In addition, the Keelung Elevated Highway passes over it and a bus-only street goes under it. Keelung Elevated Highway stretches from the other side of Xindian River to Xinhai Road. The entrance and exit for the tunnel are right in the middle of Roosevelt Road, on either side of the roundabout, for vehicles to pass straight through it. Also, the subway line, which is not visible, follows Roosevelt.

Most of the vehicles entering the roundabout turn right or go straight, but those with patience can also go left. A car that misses its exit can circle around and try again. Though there are over a hundred vehicles passing through at any one time, I haven’t seen an accident there or even a spot of trouble. However, my Taiwanese friends tell me it’s a dangerous intersection. Cars certainly have to be careful there. Perhaps they’re cautious because they don’t want to make tens of thousands of people late for work.

Some interesting buildings alongside the streets are two Taipower Buildings, a general office building, a police station, and a public junior high school. The students there must hear the traffic all day long. Because crossing the road isn’t easy, volunteers come before and after school to help the students. Also, there’s a breakfast stand. Motor scooters often stop in front of it to buy egg cakes, dumplings, and other Taiwanese breakfast.

It’s an impressive intersection with a creative design.

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