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Old March 9th, 2016, 04:46 PM   #181
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Circle Line will be run by AnsaldoBreda trains or they found another manufacturer?
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Old March 9th, 2016, 05:06 PM   #182
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Yep, they'll be using Ansaldo Breda 4 car driverless trainsets.

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Old March 9th, 2016, 09:52 PM   #183
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AnsaldoBreda is now Hitachi Rail Italy, so it will be Hitachi's reputation on the line if they don't work properly.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 01:57 AM   #184
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AnsaldoBreda is now Hitachi Rail Italy, so it will be Hitachi's reputation on the line if they don't work properly.
FWIW, AnsaldoBreda's urban transport rolling stock and control systems have a generally good reputation, unlike their main line/intercity stock.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 02:22 AM   #185
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Except for the first batch of Gothenburg Sirios, which were delivered late, suffer from corrosion and mould and cause damage to the tracks.
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Old March 10th, 2016, 10:27 AM   #186
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Indeed. AB has okay control systems I believed but generally terrible trains.
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Old March 13th, 2016, 06:18 AM   #187
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Here's the eventual circle line, when all sections have been finished:

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Old March 17th, 2016, 05:27 AM   #188
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Happy Birthday, Taipei Metro!

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Old March 22nd, 2016, 04:11 PM   #189
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Airport MRT quicker by June: minister
Damaged power cables were found at 565 locations along the Taoyuan airport MRT line and only 17 percent have been replaced, a lawmaker said
22 March 2016
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Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu yesterday said the work to raise the operational speed of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line is to be completed by June, adding that the contractor would be asked to vouch for the safety of the system following the emergence of multiple issues during the testing phase.

Chen made the announcement at the legislatures Transportation Committee, when he was grilled by lawmakers about the many problems plaguing the MRT line.

Chen said that Marubeni Corp, the Japanese contractor in charge of building the lines signaling system, has been asked to raise the operational speed of the trains by June.

Currently, an express train departing from Taipei Railway Station takes about 37 minutes to reach the airport, rather than 35 minutes as stipulated in the contract, he added.

Chen said trains are expected to depart at intervals of 10 to 12 minutes during peak hours, adding that currently trains are able to depart at intervals of at least 12 minutes.

He said that Taoyuan Metro Corp, which is to operate the line, can run simulations at the stations along the route, he said.

The government was forced to postpone the launch date of the much-anticipated line six times, as the contractor keeps failing to meet the standards stipulated in the contract in terms of train speed, travel duration for express trains and the interval at which the trains depart.

Lawmakers questioned the quality of the MRT lines construction in a question-and-answer session.

Citing Taoyuan Metro Corp statistics, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Kun-tse said electric cables and rail pads used in the lines construction were found to be problematic.

Damaged cables were found at 565 locations and only about 17 percent of them have been replaced, he said.

Lee added that about 5,000 system abnormalities were detected between Oct. 26 last year and Feb. 25.

The worst problem is that emergency brakes were activated even if there was no other train on the railway track, he said, adding that the emergency braking system was triggered on average every 339km that trains traveled.

The ratio is 136 times higher than that of Taipeis MRT system and 125 times higher than that of Kaohsiungs MRT system, he said.

Lee said that the airport line, which is about 51km long, has had 7,000 broken railway track pads in one year.

Taipeis MRT system is about 131km long and has broken railway track pads had less than 10, he said.
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Old April 30th, 2016, 07:29 AM   #190
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More or less Taipei is expanding its metro network. The latest extension is line 5 south extension towards Dingpu. It is a very good network which covers the entire core city area and suburb.

Extensions are also going on. Line 2 will be extendend to east. And two new lines will be ready in near future – line 6 & line 7, which will be rubber-tyred and steel-wheeled line respectively. There is also an Airport line. All these lines will be ready before 2020.

What is the latest news of Taipei tram? I heard earlier that it will be ready in 2015, but it still was not opened. When it will be opened?
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Taipei is changing it's MRT map. They will use a design similar to the one on the Osaka metro with each station getting its own number and code.



Taipei is planning to build a few tram lines (the Tamsui tram, the Ankeng line in Xindian and the Shezi-Shilin-Beitou line). Work has started on the Tamsui tram lines but hasn't yet started on the others.
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Old May 1st, 2016, 07:38 PM   #192
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Tamsui tram:



Work underway;

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Old May 1st, 2016, 07:47 PM   #193
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Tamsui light rail will be separated from the traffic?
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Old May 2nd, 2016, 09:57 AM   #194
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I think it will be mostly separated. It will likely be at street level where it meets the MRT red line at Hongshulin station. Other than that I believe it is mostly elevated.
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Old May 6th, 2016, 12:40 AM   #195
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thats great
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Old May 8th, 2016, 10:28 PM   #196
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How common is it for Taipei residents to own a car? Is a car a status symbol like it is in China?
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Old May 9th, 2016, 06:43 PM   #197
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Owning a car isn't a big status symbol per se, but owning a German car is. Everybody wants to drive a Mercedes or a BMW. Also the people who drive them generally tend to act as if they own the road and they don't give a sh** about anyone else
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Old May 14th, 2016, 07:31 AM   #198
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Update on light-rail system

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201605130017.aspx
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Old May 24th, 2016, 04:16 PM   #199
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Taskforce to get airport MRT on track
TESTING PHASE : Disputes between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT contractors are to be worked out by experts appointed by the government, a minister said
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An independent taskforce is to be named within a month to facilitate the launch of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport mass rapid transit (MRT) system, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) said yesterday, adding that the ministry plans to hand the system over to the Taoyuan Metro Corp later this year.

Hochen faced questions over the long-awaited airport MRT system from lawmakers on the legislature’s Transportation Committee.

The government was forced to postpone the launch of the system for the sixth time in March due to disputes between the contractor and subcontractor over the signaling system.

After the announcement of the delay in March, the ministry did not set a new deadline.

Instead, it said it attempted to address issues surfacing at the testing phase before turning the system over to the Taoyuan Metro Corp by the end of July.
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Old May 25th, 2016, 07:00 AM   #200
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Here are a few videos of the still unopened airport MRT rail link.

They're all at Taipei main station (A1):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PwWnScCis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4PwWnScCis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcuBv9bYo8M
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