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Airport MRT still aiming for March 2016 launch: ministry

Airport MRT still aiming for March 2016 launch: ministry

Taipei, Oct. 28 (CNA) A rapid transit line connecting Taiwan's main international airport and the greater Taipei area is still expected to begin operations in March 2016 after final tests are conducted, said Deputy Transportation Minister Wu Meng-fen (???) on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a legislative committee hearing, Wu said the Taoyuan International Airport MRT project has met 42 of the 43 test criteria.
The remaining test criteria involves the stability of the line's signaling system, an area that has plagued the project since the testing process has begun. He said the Transportation Ministry has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Taoyuan City government that commits to begin operating the MRT system by the end of March next year on condition that it is proved safe. "We're not giving up on this target," Wu said, while acknowledging that there are problems that still need to be solved during the final tests. The deputy transportation minister was responding to a report on Tuesday by Taoyuan Metro Corp. Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (???) to the Taoyuan City Council that the odds of launching the MRT system in March 2016 are only about "50-50." Construction of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT is expected to be completed on Nov. 15, according to the Bureau of High Speed Rail. The line has been under construction since 2006. There are 14 stations along the 35-kilometer line that links Taipei Main Station and the Taoyuan airport, Taiwan's main international gateway. (By Chen Chun-hua and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 11:07 GMT+08:00