July 22, 2015

Kaohsiung begins light rail testing

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A one-week programme of dynamic testing began on July 21 on the first light rail line in Taiwan's second city Kaohsiung.

Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit Bureau says trams are running at half-hourly intervals on the four-station southern section of the Circle Line between the Stage 1 terminus at Lizihnei and Kalsyuan. Following the completion of this phase of testing, an initial review will be submitted to the municipal government.

When the initial review has been approved by the city, it will apply to Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications for a final review and approval to begin operations. Trial public operation is expected to start in the second half of next month, with passenger services due to begin on the remainder of the 8.7km Stage 1 to Hamaxing in October.

Construction began on Stage 1 in June 2013 and this initial section of the route will have 14 stations. Stage 2 will be 13.4km long and will complete the circle with a further 22 stations.

A full description of the project is available here.

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