Kaohsiung light rail set to begin trial run on Oct. 16
A trial run of Kaohsiung’s light rail system, the first to be installed in Taiwan, will begin on Oct. 16, the city government announced Thursday.
Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp. will begin accepting reservations on Oct. 8 for a trial ride between the C1 and C4 stops of the tram system, said the city’s Mass Rapid Transit Bureau.
The reservations can be made online at http://goo.gl/rfi4aY or by phone at 07-793-9676.
During the trial operations, trams will run every 30 minutes between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. from the C1 to the C4 stop and back. Passengers will be only allowed to get on and off at the C1 stop.
Each trip will carry up to 150 passengers, well below the tram’ s maximum capacity of 250 passengers, the bureau said.
Passengers who make an appointment to try the service must use the iPass stored value card for the free ride during the trial period, according to the bureau.
Kaohsiung began construction of the first phase of its light rail system, which will run on a circular route, in June 2013.
The first phase of the project, which is costing NT$16.54 billion (US$503.13 million) to build and consists of an 8.7-kilometer tram line along the Kaohsiung Harbor with 14 stops, is expected to be completed in mid-2016.