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Neihu, Muzha MRT lines closed down for 4 hours


Taipei's troubled Neihu and Muzha Mass Rapid Transit Lines closed down entirely for more than four hours yesterday in the largest incident since July 10.
The breakdown affected more than 3,450 passengers as 23 trains stopped. The vehicles had to be moved into the stations manually and the city mobilized buses to transport passengers to their original destinations.
Describing the problem as a "network abnormality," MRT taskforce spokesman Tan Kuo-kuang said the control center lost the ability to follow the movements of the trains at 11:53 a.m., so it had decided to temporarily suspend services on the whole line. He later said technical problems at Donghu Station were responsible.
Service resumed at 4:20 p.m., though media reported fears of further problems during the evening peak hour or today, when Typhoon Morakot was expected to hit the capital.
Since its inauguration on July 4, the Neihu Line has met with problems on an almost daily basis, though most were minor incidents such as doors failing to open or close. The largest breakdown occurred on July 10, when the Neihu and Muzha Lines were closed down for more than eight hours.
The Taipei City Government has blamed most of the problems on the difficult integration of the Neihu Line built by Canada's Bombardier Inc. with the Muzha Line, completed more than a decade ago by France's Matra.
The opposition has blamed changes in the planning by the administration of former Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou and accused the city government of playing games with passengers' lives by rushing the official opening.
The Taipei Prosecutors Office said prosecutors would investigate the problems surrounding the Neihu Line on request from opposition members of the Taipei City Council.
The city has said it received a guarantee from Bombardier that service would be 99 percent reliable by the end of the year.

Updated : 2021-12-08 15:34 GMT+08:00