Kaoh­si­ung light rail set to be­gin trial run on Oct. 16

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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