Kaoh­si­ung’s light rail line com­pletes ini­tial test phase

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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