On January 5th, test runs were conducted on the main line trains of Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (KMRT). Accompanied by Mr. Chiang Yao-Chung, chairman of KRTCO, Ms. Yeh Chu-Lan, the acting mayor, took the test rides with guests from Lions Clubs International. At the speed of 10 to 15km per hour, the train rolled smoothly from the south depot to R4 International Airport Station. This event marked another important milestone of the KMRT. Mayor Yeh was very satisfied with this test ride experience. She is confident that KMRT could in the near future be the pride of Kaohsiung.
According to the terms of the contract, on December 9, 2005, KRTCO, under the supervision of the quality and security management consultants of the Bureau of Rapid Transit, completed the operation to 'begin the test rides on the main line'. It is expected that the stations from R3 to R8 shall be operational by October 2006. Currently, KRTCO has completed the testing of the core mechanical and electrical track systems. The dynamic testing of the trains will be completed before the end of April 2006. The tests of the single-units and interfaces of the mechanical and electrical system are expected to be completed before the end of July. The integration tests of the mechanical and electrical systems will be completed before the end of September. By then, the running speed will have reached over 80 kilometers per hour.
When delivering the speech, Mayor Yeh said that the past few months had been a rough period for KMRT. Few understood the efforts and complaints of the front-end workers. The experience of this test ride has brought us confidence. As long as we place the highest requirements, we will certainly have a safe, comfortable and convenient Rapid Transit System. By then, all the scandals about it will be put behind. Mayor Yeh also hoped to recover the self-esteem of Kaohsiung by working together with the 1.5 million residents.