The first train to run on the medium-capacity Taipei Metro Circular Line has arrived for static testing as 73.45 percent of the line’s first-stage construction has been completed, the New Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DRTS) said on Saturday.
The train, made in Italy, arrived at Taipei Harbor in Bali District, New Taipei City on Nov. 24, and has been transported to the line’s Xindian depot for static testing.
The construction of the first stage of the Circular Line is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2018.
The first stage consisting of the section from New Taipei Industrial Park (formerly called Wugu Industrial District) to Dapinglin Station on the Taipei Metro’s Green Line is 15.4 km (9.6 mi.) long with 14 stations.
DRTS chief Simon Chao said the Circular Line is a driverless medium-capacity rapid transit system, and the first stage will be equipped with 17 trains. The prototype train that just arrived was made by Hitachi Rail Italy.
The aluminum train, which has four cars, is 68.5 meters long with a passenger capacity of 650 people, Chao said. The steel rail/wheel car’s streamline exterior design with yellow, white and black colors is characteristic of Italian craft, he added.
The first stage of the Circular Line, which is totally located in New Taipei City, passes though the densely populated areas of Xindian, Zhonghe, Banqiao and Xinzhuang, and connects with the existing lines of Taipei Metro, Chao said.