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Uncertainty over May 20 launch of airport MRT line

Uncertainty over May 20 launch of airport MRT line

Taipei, Feb. 3 (CNA) The Executive Yuan said Wednesday that it could not bet on whether a mass rapid transit (MRT) line between Taipei and the country's main airport will be inaugurated before May 20, when President-elect Tsai Ing-wen is set to assume office.

According to Cabinet spokesman Sun Lih-chyuan, there are no questions concerning the construction safety of the long-delayed MRT line, but he pointed out that the problem is that the one-way travel time will not fall within the 35 minutes as stipulated in the contract, mainly because the signal integration system still needs to be optimized.

He said that the aim of the Executive Yuan is to complete the hardware.

He cited Premier Simon Chang as saying that "we have borne a child, but it will be raised by the Taoyuan Metro Corp. If the company won't raise it, it will be pointless to have the child."

Sun said that the inauguration timing for the MRT line will "respect the decision of the Taoyuan Metro Corp."

Sun made the remarks after Chang presided over a meeting to discuss 12 major policies the Cabinet is pushing before turning over power to the new administration May 20.

Sun said the participants at the meeting discussed how to handle the 12 major policies and concluded that it will continue to promote 10 policies and hand over the remaining two policies to the new administration.

The line, which has been under construction since 2006, links Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei, passing through 22 stations.

In August last year, the Transportation Ministry postponed the opening date for the line from the end of that year to the end of March 2016. (By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-05-06 22:04 GMT+08:00