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Northern Taiwan's airport MRT near completion: officials (update)

Northern Taiwan's airport MRT near completion: officials (update)

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 stage, transportation officials said during a test run Thursday. The Taoyuan International Airport MRT is about 95 percent complete, 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-jin (???) of the Democratic Progressive Party, expressed general satisfaction with the test run. Traveling at around 90 kilometers per 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 airline boarding passes before taking the MRT. There are 14 stations along the 35-kilometer line that links Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan Airport. The trains will run every 10 minutes during rush hour and every 15 minutes during other periods, taking 35 minutes to travel between the two points, according to the transportation bureau. It said there will be two types of service, express and local, which will alternate throughout the day. The fare for both services will be the same, although the exact figure has not yet been fixed, the bureau said. Each train will have a capacity of 855 passengers and 5,200 kg of luggage, according to the bureau. The ticketing system on the line will support all types of public transportation cards currently in use, including Taipei City's Easy Card, the bureau said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-22 02:28 GMT+08:00