First Train Cars for Taipei MRT Circular Line Arrived in TPCT
The train car prototypes for Taipei MRT Circular line Phase I arrived from Italy on November 24. DORTS Commissioner Chang Tzer-hsiung in September led a team to the Reggio Calabria factory in Italy to carry out inspection and testing following the completion of prototype assembly of the electric multiple units (EMUs), and the prototypes were subsequently shipped out on October 8. After an approximately forty-eight-day sea voyage, the prototypes arrived at Taipei Port Container Terminal (TPCT), and their first public appearance is expected to take place in mid-December.
Systemwide E&M Project Office, DORTS explained that the rail wheel type EMUs are medium-capacity driver-less train cars which feature HITACHI Rail Italy's (HRI) traditional railway decorations. Each car consists of four carriages with walkways between each of the carriages. The front car exterior characterized by a twenty-degree tilt streamlined style, the addition of large window areas, and spacious interiors with an area for the luggage comply with the public's image of Italy's fine traditional crafts. After the outfitting of the Circular line's South Depot is completed, DORTS will proceed with a series of tests and inspections.
DORTS emphasized that the Circular line Phase I route will traverse the following four administrative districts: Xindian, Zhonghe, Banqiao, and Xinzhuang, and after the line is opened to the public it will connect with the Songshan-Xindian line, the Zhonghe-Luzhou-Xinzhuang line, the Wanda line, the Bannan line, the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System, and the Ankeng line. The Taipei Metropolitan Area MRT system will increase economic benefits and development in the areas along the line and is closely linked to the creation of a win-win situation for the golden twin cities – Taipei City and New Taipei City.