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Airport MRT's opening date still unsure: ministry

Airport MRT's opening date still unsure: ministry

5A rapid transit line between Taiwan's main international airport and the greater Taipei area is still in the final testing stage and it is not yet clear whether it will begin commercial operations on schedule next March, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Thursday.

The installation of the electrical and mechanical systems on the line has been completed and the static and dynamic testing has also been concluded, the ministry said during a weekly Cabinet meeting.

Tests of the line's integration into the other MRT systems are in progress and there are final tests that have to be carried out before commercial operations could begin, the ministry said.

Some of the unresolved issues on the project include instability on the system and disputes among the contractors, Transportation Minister Chen Jian-yu said at a news conference after the Cabinet meeting.

He said, however, that he was optimistic about a resolution of the disputes soon and that his ministry was still targeting an opening at the end of March 2016, as scheduled.

Whether or not that target could be met depends on the progress of the outstanding issues, Chen said, adding that the situation will become clearer in March.

In August, the ministry postponed the opening date for the MRT line from the end of this year to the end of March 2016.

The line, which has been under construction since 2006, links Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei, passing through 22 stations. (By Tai Ya-chen and Elaine Hou)

Updated : 2021-09-28 13:09 GMT+08:00