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Officials admit Neihu MRT carriages too narrow after first test ride

Officials admit Neihu MRT carriages too narrow after first test ride

The Department of Rapid Transit Systems under Taipei City Government yesterday admitted the new carriages of the trains for the MRT Neihu line are too narrow for commuters, but stressed that it will add more trains into its future operation to prevent commuters from feeling too crowded when using the service.
The 14.8-kilometer Neihu MRT line, starting from Zhongshan Junior High School Station and passing through Songshan Airport to the Neihu Depot, was built to bolster eastern Taipei's public transportation system and is scheduled to be open to the public in June 2009.
The DRTS yesterday conducted a test run from Jiannan Road Station to Songshan Airport Station, and invited guests and media workers to take the ride.
Test riders who joined yesterday's test run said the height of the carriages of the Neihu MRT line trains is too low and they were constantly hit by handrails that hang from above. Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) was also hit by the handrails during the test ride.
According to the DRTS, the height inside the Neihu MRT carriages is 202 centimeters, 2 centimeters shorter than the Muzha Line cabins, but a 10-centemeter-tall LED display board that hangs below the cabin ceiling makes the actual height inside the Neihu MRT cabin at around 190 centimeters. The inside width of each cabin is 209 centimeters while the inside width of a Muzha Line carriage is around 224 centimeters to 227 centimeters.
The TRTS admitted that the room inside the cabin may be too narrow for commuters; however, most of the trains that ordered were from Canada had already been delivered to Taipei, therefore, it is too late to change the design of the carriages.
Tsai Tien-ho, a TRTS official, said one has to use normal standards to examine the inside space of the carriages. "A 185-centimeter high person may bump into the ceilings when taking the Neihu MRT Line, but I do not think there are a lot of tall people in Taiwan," Tsai was quoted as saying by Central News Agency.
When asked by reporters why the interior design is so narrow, Tsai noted that everything still conforms to ergonomics. He added that the TRTS will provide more trains to prevent passengers from feeling too crowded when the Neihu MRT Line commences in the future.


Updated : 2020-11-30 01:35 GMT+08:00