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Taipei City Traffic Engineering Office

Established on March 28, 1988, Taipei City Traffic Engineering Office (hereafter referred to as the TEO) is an agency exclusively set up to integrate: the traffic engineering planning and design of the Public Works Department of Taipei City Government; the implementation of traffic control and maintenance of the Taipei City Police Department; and the execution of the major missions handed over through the resolutions adopted by various Taipei City municipal meetings. In the early days of its establishment, in addition to the Executive Secretarial Unit , the Planning Section, Equipment Section and the Maintenance Corps were also set up, with only 76 staff members being allocated. In 1989, due to the lack of an exclusive unit to handle project tendering, supervision and acceptance inspection, the Public Works Section was also set up, with the number of the staff members increased to 95 in February 1990, as approved by the Executive Yuan.

Furthermore, the Traffic Control Center was transferred to the Department of Transportation from the Taipei City Police Department in March 1988. As a result, the authorization and responsibility regarding traffic computer signal control and maintenance items were often confounded between the Traffic Control Center and the TEO. By taking the integrity and requirements of the City’s traffic signal management, supervision and control into account, the Traffic Control Center was assigned under the TEO in October 1992, in order to establish a unified regulatory authority of traffic affairs. In addition, as ratified and modified in accordance with the Official Document (1993) Kao-Tai-Mi-Wen No. 0156 issued by the Examination Yuan on January 16, 1993, concerning organization rules and staff quota, staff numbers increased to 110. Thereafter, due to the increase in traffic control equipment year by year, computerized control became the mainstream, and the organizational structure of the Office was modified in 1998, to include the addition of a Systems Analyst, a Systems Designer and an Assistant Systems Designer while the three posts of Sub-section Chiefs were added and concurrently taken by existing Systems Analysts, in order to meet the substantial qualitative and quantitative changes in the tasks of the Traffic Control Center, establish a good command system and enhance the functions of the traffic control system.

On the other hand, given that the Maintenance Corps was responsible for around-the-clock year round maintenance, as well as pipeline maintenance of the traffic control facilities affiliated to road engineering, the concurrent post of the Supervisor was changed to an official full-time post, in order to provide better facilitation with relevant engineering units and enhance technician management. In conjunction with the aforesaid added post, an Associate Engineer and a Systems Coordinator were eliminated. After the adjustment, total staff numbered 112.

Afterwards, with the Equipment Section being responsible for the planning and designing of the signs, markings, signals, safety equipment and channelization works, etc, of the City’s 12 administrative districts, the control of the Intelligent Transportation System being promoted by the Traffic Control Center, as well as the reinforcement of around-the-clock shift operation, three Assistant Engineers, a Junior Engineer, an Engineer, a Systems Analyst, a Systems Designer, a Systems Coordinator, an Assistant Systems Coordinator, and a Section Assistant were added. At the same time, the post of the Deputy Chief was added and concurrently taken by the Engineer, whereas five Senior Clerks were promoted to Assistants. After the adjustment, staff numbers reached 122, which was ratified by the Examination Yuan on April 13, 2009.