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Problematic Muzha-Neihu MRT line shut down again

Problematic Muzha-Neihu MRT line shut down again

The problematic Muzha-Neihu MRT Line was shut down again yesterday due to system failure, after a few hours of service following a 56-hour suspension of operations to allow the contractor - Canadian Bombardier - to carry out repairs.
A south-bound train ground to a complete halt at 9:12 a.m. yesterday as it reached Dazhi Station and did not pull out again until 10:00 a.m.
Preliminary investigations suggested that the train was stalled because of problems with its brake and propulsion systems, said Taipei City Deputy Secretary-General Tan Gwa-guang.
More than 200 passengers were inconvenienced by the breakdown.
Realizing that the problem could not be fixed right away, the control center announced at 9:27 a.m. that service on the entire Muzha-Neihu MRT Line will be suspended, according to Tan.
The technicians released the train's automatic driving system, activated its manual system and drove it to the Songshan Airport depot for repairs, he said. Service on the line resumed at 10:00 a.m.
During the 33-minute suspension, more than 700 people asked for refunds, 429 tickets for free bus rides were distributed and 191 tickets for free MRT rides were given out, according to Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. (TRTC), the system's operator.
The Neihu Line, built by Canadian Bombardier, has been plagued with problems since it began commercial services July 4 and has been shut down more than 10 times due to system failures.
The new Neihu Line was integrated with the Muzha Line that was built in the 1990s mainly by a French contractor, Matra. Critics have suggested that the project to merge the two lines and integrate the control systems was too ambitious.
The Neihu Line is a medium capacity system that runs on viaducts, except for the section near Taipei Songshan Airport. The 14.8-km line, which cost NT$63.7 billion and took nearly seven years to complete, provides transport services to Taipei's suburban areas of Neihu, Nangang and Muzha.


Updated : 2021-05-07 13:26 GMT+08:00