A metro station at Taipei 101 in Xinyi district. Photo: Google Maps

A public transport authority posted Indonesian and Vietnamese migrant workers at major Taipei metro stations to help commuters with language problems and directions during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Started several years ago, the practice seems to be working: There has been an obvious surge in the number of Southeast Asian migrants taking part in the festive gatherings, the China Daily News reported.

The Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation Metro Service asked volunteers to assist rail passengers at Taipei Main station, Taipei City Hall station and Taipei 101/World Trade Center station.

In the past, crowd-control announcements were made only in Mandarin and temporary signs were written in traditional Chinese characters, leaving foreign visitors and migrants confused, the corporation said.

A year ago the metro provided signs in Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian and Malay in an effort to direct foreign travelers to major station exits. However, this measure was found to be ineffective.

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