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Kaohsiung light rail may not start operations as planned

Kaohsiung light rail may not start operations as planned

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taiwan's first light rail system, located in Kaohsiung, might not be able to start trial operations by the end of August as more tests and paperwork are needed, city officials said Friday. It might take another month for system operators to go through further reviews in order to apply for final approval from the Transport Ministry, said Chen Horng-yih (???), the city's deputy secretary-general a day earlier. A 13-member review board organized by the Kaohsiung City Government examined the tram line in early August and found 21 issues that must be addressed before the southern Taiwan city can reach the next stage for light rail operation. The issues involve platform and corner designs at the stations, as well as further checks on traffic signals at crossroads. An approaching Typhoon Goni could be another factor delaying related procedures, officials said. Kaohsiung began construction of the first phase of its light rail system, which will run on a circular route, in June 2013. The first phase of the project, which cost NT$16.54 billion (US$522.45 million), includes an 8.7-kilometer tram line built along the Kaohsiung Harbor and 14 stops. The light rail system, the first to enter service in Taiwan, has been designed and built by Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A. and runs with no wires above the trams. New Taipei is also building a light rail system, after breaking ground on the system in Tamsui Township in September 2014. (By Cheng Chi-feng and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-18 22:44 GMT+08:00