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Date:110-12-09
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Completes Inspection on C17-C20 Stations of Kaohsiung Light Rail, Moving Towards Opening Traffic

[Kaohsiung News] On the 19th, the team of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications headed south to conduct an inspection on certain sections (from C17 Gushan District Office Station to C20 TRA Museum of Fine Arts Station) of Kaohsiung light rail (stage 2). After reviewing the documents and checking on-site facilities throughout the day, as well as conducting a drill based on a scenario of a tram breaking down and unable to move at the C18 Gushan Station section, the team has proposed some improvements to be made before operations. Once the improvements are made, it will be reported to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for operations approval.
For the inspection on certain sections (from C17 Gushan District Office Station to C20 TRA Museum of Fine Arts Station) of Kaohsiung light rail (stage 2), the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has invited experts and scholars across the country to form an inspection team, which was divided into three groups: Civil Engineering, Electromechanics and Operations, with a total of nine committee members, as well as making an inspection plan. The general convenor of the inspection was Director Chen Wen-Jui of the Railways and Highways Department of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. After the inspection throughout the day, 21 areas of improvement were proposed, including 5 improvements to be made before operations, 9 general areas of improvement and 7 recommendations for follow-up improvements. For the improvements to be made before operations such as no warning signs beside the parking lot fences and the height difference between curb and gutter at the east side entrance of C20, the Kaohsiung City Government has immediately requested the Mass Rapid Transit Bureau and the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation to make improvements as soon as possible, aiming to submit the results to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for operations approval
The inspection and the drill were conducted at C18 Gushan Station and the scenario was that a malfunction happens and that the tram is unable to move before entering the platform. The faulty CAF tram was connected to an Alstom tram and pulled to the C19 station, which was then connected to a construction vehicle and pulled to the Makatao stabling yard. The personnel of the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation were smooth and accurate in operating the facilities and evacuated passengers as quickly as possible. The assistance mission was accomplished and the drill was a success.
Deputy Mayor Lin Chin-Jung says the establishment of Kaohsiung light rail is the first in Taiwan. On National Day, the services along the south section of Kaohsiung light rail were provided to a total of 50,474 passengers, which is nearly 8 times more compared to the number of daily passengers numbering 6,325 last year. Lin appreciated the work done by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the inspection committee for their advice and guidance, which allows the team of the city government to make improvements faster. He also believed that by upholding the principle of “safety first” after the inspection, the light rail transit system will operate safely and steadily and bring the convenience of light rail transit to the public as soon as possible.
Transportation Bureau Director-General Chang Shu-Chuan says the city government has requested the Mass Rapid Transit Bureau and the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation to make improvements on these oversights after the inspection and will report to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications for operations approval in accordance with the procedure. Once the operations begin, the Kaohsiung light rail operating route will reach 14.7 kilometers, with a scope of service increased to 26 stations, which will allow passengers to transfer from the light rail transit to Taiwan Railways. In conjunction with the Railway Green Corridor, it will connect the two major art, cultural and creative parks: Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts and Pier 2 Art Center, as well as connecting the three rail transportation services: the light rail transit, Taiwan Railways and MRT. It is believed that once the operation begins, it will provide a more convenient service to facilitate the transportation during the celebration of New Year's Eve and the Taiwan Lantern Festival, as well as allowing tourists and residents to travel the city by light rail transit.
 
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