Air­port MRT un­able to open by end of this year: trans­porta­tion min­is­ter

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A rapid transit line con­nect­ing Tai­wan’s main air­port and the greater Taipei area will be un­able to open by the end of this year as pre­vi­ously sched­uled, Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Chen Jian-yu said Tues­day.

The ex­act open­ing date will be de­cided af­ter a meet­ing by a team of scholars and ex­perts at the end of Au­gust, Chen told re­porters Tues­day while in­spect­ing trans­porta­tion con­struc­tion projects in south­ern Tai­wan.

The min­istry said last year that the Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port MRT will be­come op­er­a­tional by the end of 2015.

Orig­i­nally set to start oper­a­tions by the end of this year, the pro­ject has been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing soft­ware de­sign glitches that have con­trib­uted to the in­sta­bil­ity of the line’s sig­nal­ing sys­tem.

The line has been un­der con­struc­tion since 2006.

There are 14 sta­tions along the 35-kilo­me­ter line that links Taipei Main Sta­tion and Taoyuan Air­port, Tai­wan’s main in­ter­na­tional gate­way.

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