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Officials hope airport MRT problems solved amid delays

Officials hope airport MRT problems solved amid delays

Taipei, July 17 (CNA) New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (???) on Friday expressed hopes that mechanical problems on a rapid transit line connecting Taiwan's main airport and the greater Taipei area will be solved as the project reported yet another delay the previous day. The project matters a lot to many people, Chu said, urging the authorities to fix the problems as soon as possible. Originally set to start operations by the end of this year, the project has been experiencing system instability since March, when related system stability work should have already been completed. Bureau of High Speed Rail Director-General Allen Hu (???) said although the rail's stability has been improving recently, it remains uncertain whether the line can start operations by year-end as planned. The project's contractors, who are responsible for the delay, could be fined NT$12 million (US$385,700) per day for a maximum total of NT$2.5 billion after the due date, the bureau said. It is feared, however, that operations of the airport MRT will be postponed until next February, sources familiar with the project said. There are 14 stations along the 35-kilometer line that links Taipei Main Station and Taoyuan Airport, Taiwan's main international gateway. 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 : 2021-09-23 05:36 GMT+08:00