Kaohsiung’s light rail line completes initial test phase
Taiwan’s first light rail system, located in Kaohsiung, underwent an initial review Wednesday and is a step closer to a planned trial operation at the end of the month, according to city officials.
A 13-member review board organized by the Kaohsiung city government examined and tested the tram line and four stops along Kaisyuan 4th Road, including a drill to test the city’s response to a collision between a tram and a car.
The review board found 21 issues that need to be addressed before Kaohsiung can apply for final approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the city government said in a statement.
The 21 issues mainly involve further tests of the light rail system, increasing warning signs and safety equipment and adding instructions for the use of ticketing machines and emergency equipment, according to the statement.
Chou Teh li, deputy head of the city’s Mass Rapid Transit Bureau, said the bureau plans to complete the required improvements in 10 days so that it can pass the ministry’s final review and begin a free passenger trial run between the four stops at the end of the month.
Kaohsiung began construction of the first phase of its light rail system, which will run on a circular route, in June 2013.