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Old May 27th, 2016, 05:28 AM   #201
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Sanying Line turnkey contract awarded
21 Jun 2016


The new line will provide interchange with the existing Taipei metro network

TAIWAN: The New Taipei City Government Department of Rapid Transit System has signed a turnkey contract for the Sanying Line in New Taipei City.

The ARH consortium is led by Ansaldo STS and includes RSEA Engineering Corp and Hitachi. Ansaldo STS’s €219·8m share of the contract includes the supply of CBTC signalling, telecoms, power supplies, platform screen doors, automatic fare collection system, SCADA and depot equipment. Hitachi will supply 29 two-car trainsets

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An explosion has been reported onboard a TRA train at Songshan station.


https://twitter.com/shao_qkoma0111/s...63574731042816


http://www.appledaily.com.tw/realtim...160707/903484/


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Old July 7th, 2016, 06:40 PM   #205
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Indeed, that's a bit scary.

http://focustaiwan.tw/news/asoc/201607070032.aspx

Still no idea what the cause is at all.
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2016/07/07 23:53:47

Taipei, July 7 (CNA) National Police Agency Director General Chen Kuo-en (陳國恩) said late Thursday that a 15-20 cm explosive that looked like a firecracker was suspected to have caused explosion at a commuter train in Taipei, injuring 21 people, some seriously.

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) has ordered relevant government agencies to form an ad hoc team to investigate the explosion and to help the victims get the best medical attention, Cabinet spokesman Tung Chen-yuan (童振源) said.

A local newspaper quoted a witness as saying a man in his 40s walked into a coach of the commuter train and placed a "black, long-shaped object" inside the coach before leaving. Soon, an explosion was heard.

One of the 21 who were injured suffered burns on 30 percent of the body, according to a medical staff.

Other witnesses at the scene reported hearing a loud explosion before flames engulfed the sixth coach on the train at Songshan Station. The train, from Hsinchu, was bound for Keelung.

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The news is reporting that the police have a suspect and he's in hospital along with the victims. They also found his car in Nantou with his dog in it and bottles of petrol hanging on the front of the car. They're also reporting that he has cancer but still don't have a motive.
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Hitachi reveals first train for Taipei Circular Line
Tuesday, August 30, 2016



THE first train for Taipei’s metro Circular Line emerged from Hitachi Rail Italy’s Reggio Calabria plant on August 30

Taipei’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems (Dorts) awarded Ansaldo STS and AnsaldoBreda (now Hitachi Rail Italy) a €220m contract in April 2009 to supply electrical and mechanical systems for the initial 15.5km phase of the line from Wugu Industrial District to an interchange with the metro Green Line at Dapinglin. Commercial services are due to begin operating on the 14-station line in late-2018

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Danhai light rail project to upgrade local rail sector: official


Taipei, Sept. 20 (CNA) The goal of the project for a light rail system serving New Taipei's Tamsui District is to upgrade Taiwan's rail industry by building trains locally for the new rail system, the city's Department of Rapid Transit Systems said Tuesday.

Simon Chao (趙紹廉), head of the department, said that an upgrading of technical knowhow is the key to producing home-grown light rail trains.

It is not easy to push for the first local program to build such vehicles, he said, adding that challenges include the transfer of technology in the European design of cars, and tremendous coordination between the Taiwanese contractor and its European partner.

The Danhai light rail project is being carried out by Taiwan Rolling Stock Co. in Hsinchu County, in partnership with the Germany-based Voith Engineering Services, which is providing services in various sectors, including transportation and automation. The two companies have been commissioned to design, manufacture and test the rail system.

The model will help the Taiwanese company to learn the design and system integration abilities from the German company, the department said.

The transfer of technology will help domestic companies to establish a self-reliant rail industry and a supply chain of relevant parts and components, and will help cultivate more talent in the sector, it added.

For many years, Taiwan has relied on foreign companies to establish rail systems throughout the country, which has resulted in high costs of component procurements and maintenance, the department said.

In order to help upgrade the local railway industry, the project was contracted to a Taiwanese company and a foreign company responsible for the design of the carriages, the department said.

According to the initial plan, the bodies of the carriages, seats, air-conditioning, and lighting systems will be manufactured in Taiwan, it said, adding that the trains will be assembled in Taiwan.

The tram system's first phase encompasses 14 stops on two tram lines -- the Lushan (Green Mountain) Line, which has 11 stops, and the Lanhai (Blue Seaside) Line, which has three stops.

The Lushan Line starts from the Hongshulin metro station and runs along Zhongzheng East Road, Provincial Highway No. 2, Binhai Road and Shalun Road, and ends near the Danhai New Town project.

The Lanhai Line, meanwhile, shares the 1.21-km section of track and three stops with the Lushan Line before going in the other direction on Binhai Road and ending at Fisherman's Wharf by the Tamsui River.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018. The first car will be tested on the line in November and all 15 carriages will be manufactured by August 2017.

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Danhai light rail transit project (LRT), a proposed light rail line in the Danshui district of New Taipei City, will connect Hongshulin MRT Station to Danhai New Town. Construction on phase one of the line began in 2014, while services are scheduled to begin in 2018.

The light rail is being developed by China Steel Corporation, along with its subsidiaries United Steel Engineering & Construction Corporation and Taiwan Rolling Stock Company. A comprehensive planning report for the project was approved in February 2013 by the central government.

The multi-phased project is estimated to be completed over a ten-year period at a cost of NT$31.357bn ($998.39m), whereas the first phase is expected to cost NT$9.699bn ($308.81m).

Danhai LRT project purpose

The project is planned to establish a robust public transport system to deal with the growing population of Danhai, a popular township that has been created recently. Danhai's population is expected to grow to 340,000 by 2041.

The phase one line is expected to handle 80,000 passenger rides a day upon completion, while an additional 50,000 new residents are expected to move to Danhai New Township.

Danhai LRT details

The light rail will encompass two transit lines, namely the Green Mountain line and the Blue Seaside line, along with one depot. It will comprise both elevated and surface tracks.

A total of 13.99km of tracks will be laid as part of the project, and 20 stations will be constructed along the two transit lines. The project will also include the construction of rails, bridges, depot facilities, media and energy provisions.

The first phase of the LRT will cover a distance of 9.7km, including a 5.2km at-grade section and a 4.5km elevated section. The initial phase will include the construction of 11 stations along the Green Mountain route and three stations on the Blue Sea route as well as the depot.

The second phase of the project will cover the construction of the remaining stations of the Blue Seaside line and will be completed in 2024.


Planned route and stations

The Green Mountain line has a total of 11 stations, while the Blue Seaside route includes nine stations. The Green Mountain line will stretch for approximately 8km and link the centre of the New Taipei City with Danhai, while the Blue Seaside will connect the coast to the city centre.

The Green Mountain Line will start from the Hongshulin MRT station and run along Shuiyuan Street, Beixin Road, Binhai Road and Shalun Road before ending near the Danhai New Town project.

The Blue Seaside line will have three stops and terminate at Fishermen Wharf Station.
Rolling stock for the Danhai light rail transit

The first phase will be operated with 15 34.5m-long, bi-directional trams with a low-floor design and five separate sections. Designed to be standard gauge, the trams will run for longer distances and across track sections without overhead wires. They will also be designed to store additional energy.

A prototype is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2016, with the first tram operating on Green Mountain line in 2018.

Contractors involved

The rail vehicles will be supplied by Taiwan Rolling Stock Company in collaboration with Voith Engineering Services. Voith will be responsible for the tram development, which includes the concept, design, commissioning and analysis. It will also provide training to the employees of Taiwan Rolling Stock Company.

Voith will produce the prototype vehicle, as well as support production and factory planning. It will also design the fixtures for welding assemblies and integrate system components.

A €17m ($19.02m) contract was awarded to Thales for providing the signalling, communications and operational control centre system, while an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for track work has been awarded to CTCI Corporation.

Pandrol has been selected to supply its track fastening solutions along with installation and maintenance equipment and rail safety products for the Danhai LRT. It will also install its QTrack embedded track system.

A contract for independent verification and validation for civil, electrical, mechanical and rolling stock of the project has been awarded to TÜV Rheinland Greater China. ABB will supply its Compact Converter BORDLINE® CC400 equipped with an energy storage system for the project.
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Old October 30th, 2016, 11:08 AM   #211
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Taipei Times Excerpt
Nov 01, 2016
Taoyuan MRT still below standard, Metro Corp says
REDUCED ERRORS : The system can operate at 99 percent reliability for three to four days running, but this must be increased to seven days to meet with legal stipulations

Taoyuan Metro Corp yesterday said it remains committed to launching the Taoyuan Airport Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system by the end of this year, adding that the Taoyuan Airport MRT has yet to reach Mass Rapid Transit Act (大眾捷運法) standards.

The government has been building the rail system since 1996. Three previous administrations set launch dates for the system, but these were postponed six times because of problems during construction and testing of the system.

Taoyuan Metro Corp, the designated operator of the airport MRT, yesterday held an emergency drill for Taipei Railway Station staff which included rescuing injured passengers and ensuring passengers move toward emergency exits and take connecting shuttle buses.

Company president Chen Kai-ling (陳凱凌) said the system must maintain a 99 percent reliability rating during testing for seven consecutive days to meet official launch criteria, as stated in the Mass Rapid Transit Act.

This particular criterion must be met before the company can apply for a formal inspection by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, which can approve the launch of the system, Chen said.

The system currently maintains 99 percent reliability for three to four consecutive days, Chen said.

“The main problem has been signaling, which has not been reliable. The system has about 2,000 signal terminals and the errors from these signal terminals must be gradually reduced,” he said, adding that the MRT’s usability increased from 80 percent last year to 99 percent this year.

Former president Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration had planned to launch the system in March. However, the MRT’s signaling mechanism contractor failed to meet contract requirements, including travel times and operating speeds, as well as intervals between trains. The ministry proposed to gradually improve operational speeds after the system is launched, so long as the system is proven to be safe.

However, the proposal was turned down by Taoyuan Metro Corp, postponing the launch for the sixth time.
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EasyCard to allow customers to top up via bank transfers
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The EasyCard is to become the first electronic ticket in the nation to allow automated value adding via bank-wired transfers, saving people the trouble of having to insert banknotes into value-adding machines when their balances are low, EasyCard Corp said yesterday.

Starting next year, cardholders will be able to link their bank accounts with their EasyCards and set the amount they want their banks to automatically wire into their EasyCards every time the balance on their cards is insufficient, EasyCard spokeswoman Chen Ching-fang (陳靜芳) said.

The corporation submitted its proposal on the service to the Financial Supervisory Commission, which in May promulgated guidelines on managing the risks associated with automated transfers to electronic tickets and gave the service the green light, she said, adding that the guidelines also apply to other electronic ticket service providers,

According to the guidelines, a cap of NT$1,000 will be set on each transfer, while a daily limit of NT$3,000 will be put in place for users whose cards are linked to the accounts of close family members.

Those whose cards that are linked to their own accounts will not be subject to such restrictions, she said.
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Taipei, Nov. 16 (CNA) The first domestically built tram for a light rail transport system in northern Taiwan has been completed and was introduced to the public Wednesday by New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫).

In a debut ceremony for the tram, named "Warrior" (行武者), in Hsinchu County, Chu expressed his satisfaction with the vehicle's stylish appearance and functions.

"It is the first light rail tram Taiwan has built," Chu noted in an address, expressing hope that the vehicle will not just contribute to the quick completion of the planned light rail transit (LRT) system in his city's Tamsui District, but will also be able to provide high-quality and comfortable transport services.

He also said he hopes the unprecedented project of building trams domestically will help boost LRT transportation and the development of an LRT industry in the country, creating more economic output and jobs, and attracting young talent to work in the sector.

The Warrior was designed, fabricated and tested in Taiwan in cooperation between Hsinchu-based Taiwan Rolling Stock Co. (TRSC) and Germany's Voith Engineering Services, according to the New Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems.

The new tram, sporting blue livery, is the first of 15 to be completed for the under-construction Danhai LRT System in Tamsui.

Built with stainless steel and weather-resistant steel, the five-carriage tram is designed to carry 265 people, run at a maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour and cope with the coastal weather in Tamsui, the department said.

All 15 of the trams purchased by the department will be delivered gradually by August 2017, it added.

The department also said the construction of the Danhai LRT System, which comprises two rail lines, 14 stations and one depot, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

TRSC is a joint venture of two Taiwan-based steel mills -- China Steel Corp. and Tang Eng Iron Works -- and two Japanese firms -- Nippon Sharyo and Sumitomo Corp. -- which are minority shareholders.




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Nov. 16, 2016
Airport MRT to launch early next year: ministry
OUTSOURCING : Taoyuan Metro Corp is entrusting UK-based Ricardo Rail with the task of conducting an independent verification and validation of the system
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The Taoyuan International Airport MRT System is scheduled to become operational in February or March, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said yesterday.

Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said that the system has been scoring 99 percent in reliability tests for nearly one month after the ministry assembled a team of 12 experts to prepare the system for its launch.

However, although the situation has improved, the system is still failing one requirement, that train delays exceeding five minutes not occur twice or more in one week, Wang said.

Wang also said that Taoyuan Metro Corp, the designated operator of the system, has nearly finished drills for 108 possible scenarios that it could encounter during operations.

The company is entrusting UK-based Ricardo Rail with the task of conducting an independent verification and validation of the airport rail system, Wang said, adding that it can then ask the Bureau of High Speed Rail and the Taoyuan City Government to conduct a preliminary inspection of the system.
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Airport MRT passes test
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Taoyuan Metro Corp yesterday said that the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT system finally met two crucial criteria during its final inspection on Sunday and full operation of the line is expected soon.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) and Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) jointly made the announcement after inspecting the system’s station near Taipei Railway Station.

To qualify for final inspection, conducted by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the system had to score 99 percent in a reliability test for seven consecutive days, and the number of delays exceeding five minutes had to be limited to two.

Cheng said that the criteria were met at 11pm on Sunday, when the system reliability reached 99 percent on the last test.

Records of the seven-day test also showed that a train was delayed for more than five minutes only once.

Prior to the successful test, the system had failed to reach the criteria six times, Taoyuan Metro Corp said.

Cheng said that the results were achieved through hardworking company staff and support from contractors.

The MRT is the fourth airport rail built in Asia, Cheng said, adding that the Taoyuan City Government and Taoyuan Metro Corp would ensure that they have done all the preparatory work well before the official launch of the system, including a trial run involving people using the system, he said.

Cheng said that they would show people how to check in luggage at the system’s station in Taipei three hours before boarding.
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Taoyuan announces fares for airport metro
AFFORDABLE? Rides between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and downtown Taipei are to cost NT$160, as much as taking the high-speed rail sans shuttle transfer
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Fares for the highly anticipated metro line that connects downtown Taipei and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the nation’s main international gateway, have been set at a maximum of NT$160, Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said on Friday.

A ride between Taipei Main Station and Huanbei Station in Taoyuan, the last stop on the newly built line, is to cost NT$160, Cheng said.

That would also be the price for rides between Taipei Main Station and the airport’s first or second terminals, according to fares published by the Taoyuan Metro Corp, which is to manage and operate the 51km line that runs through three northern metropolitan areas — Taipei, New Taipei City and Taoyuan.

The minimum fare was set at NT$30, the company said, adding that fares were based on a formula laid out in the Mass Rapid Transit Act (大眾捷運法).

Fares were not calculated based on operating costs, because that would have put the price of a ticket between Taipei and the airport at NT$270, which is “far more than what people can afford,” the company said

Fares on the new line should be higher than that of buses, usually about NT$125, but cheaper than taking a high-speed train to Taoyuan, which is also NT$160, but does not include a NT$30 shuttle bus between the airport and Taoyuan’s high-speed rail station.
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Airport MRT inspection results due to be released
ALL GOOD THINGS : Officials said inspectors found no major problems, meaning that after two decades, the line might be on track to begin operations next year
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Results of a preliminary inspection of the much-delayed Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT system are scheduled to be released today, moving the project one step closer to an official launch.

The Bureau of High Speed Rail, which administered the inspection, said that experts inspecting the system were satisfied with what they saw on Saturday and yesterday, adding it also administered tests to the staff of the MRT system to observe how they responded to various hypothetical situations.

The scenarios included problems with the train system, the power supply, signaling and emergencies, the bureau said.

Experts were scheduled to discuss the results of the inspection last night, and the results were to be made public today.

Based on its administrative procedures, the Taoyuan Metro Corp is supposed to address any shortfalls that are picked up by the inspection.

The company may apply for a final inspection of the system from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) after it fixes any problems. The company can then decide the official launch date of the system once it receives confirmation that any problems have been sufficiently addressed.

The bureau said no major problems were discovered by the inspectors.

Earlier this year, MOTC Minister Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) said that the new MRT system would be launched “during the first half of the first six months of next year.”

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Cheng Yun-peng (鄭運鵬) said on Facebook that the DPP inherited “a mess,” from the previous administration and that there were no easy solutions to the predicament.

The project has encountered several challenges in the past two decades, including a change of the contractor in charge of the project and the government’s repeated failures to launch the system on the dates it promised.

The DPP administration established a taskforce in June, which finished a comprehensive examination of the system in August and identified 4,000 shortcomings, Cheng said.

The operator managed to raise the reliability of the system to more than 99 percent, which enabled it to reach the threshold sufficient for a preliminary inspection.
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The airport MRT is so far behind schedule, I was hoping to use it when I go to Taipei in January. Too bad....
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