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Northern Taiwan's airport MRT near completion: officials

Northern Taiwan's airport MRT near completion: officials

Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Construction work on a rapid transit line between Taiwan's main airport and the capital Taipei is now in the final stages, transportation officials said during a test run Thursday. The Taoyuan International Airport MRT is about 95 percent completed, Chao Le-chun (???), director of Mass Rapid Transit Engineering Office at the Bureau of High Speed Rail, told lawmakers and reporters who were invited on the trial run. He said there are still tests to be conducted on the line's signal system and its mechanical and electrical systems before it can start operation in December. Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Chien-yu (???) said during the 30-minute-test ride between the New Taipei Industrial Park station and the Airport Terminal 2 station that he hopes the system could be perfected before the scheduled opening date. Lawmakers, including Lee Hung-chun (???) of the Kuomintang and Yeh Yi-chin (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party, expressed general satisfaction with the test run. Traveling at around 90 kilometers an hour, the train gave a smooth ride, Yeh said. The lawmakers also took note of some of the onboard facilities, which they described as traveler-friendly. The features include displays that give real-time flight arrival and departure information, individual reading lights that allow passengers to read without disturbing others, and big luggage storage space. In addition, passengers to the airport will be able to check in at the Taipei terminus and obtain boarding passes before taking the MRT. The 35-kilometer line linking Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan Airport has 14 stations and will take 35 minutes between the two places. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-19 01:40 GMT+08:00