EMU Prototype for Taichung City MRT Green Line Makes Debut in Japan
The EMU prototype, which is the crucial electrical and mechanical engineering of Taichung City MRT Green line, made its formal debut under the witness of Deputy Commissioner Yu, Taipei City Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS), and the manufacturer, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI), Ltd in Hyogo Factory in Japan on Jan 10, 2017, signifying that the E&M system of Taichung MRT is marching towards a significant milestone.
DORTS remarked that KHI has engaged in the manufacture of EMUs for the Tamsui, Xinzhuang, Luzhou, Xinyi and Songshan lines. The EMU for the Taichung City MRT Green line is a system of driver-less, steel wheel trains running on steel rails. The train cars consist of two train carriages, and gangways between carriages allow passengers to move from one carriage to another while the train is in motion. Both the exteriors and interiors of cars manifest a "fresh, bright, simple and light" feeling design concept. The cars characterized by streamlined front car along with bright windows and green-strip decoration highlight the EMU's fancy style. Furthermore the shinny exteriors and colorful interiors thoroughly demonstrate the Japanese refined industrial design techniques. The first EMU is estimated to arrive in Beitun Depot of the Taichung City Green MRT line in the middle of February, and by the end of the year, 17 train cars are to be delivered in succession. Following the assembly and preparation of the train cars, a series of inspections and tests will be carried out.
In the debut ceremony, DORTS Deputy Commissioner Yu expressed thanks to all the members of Systemwide E&M project team for their persistent pursuit of excellence, to provide a safe, convenient, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing MRT system that will be the first MRT system to be inaugurated satisfactorily on schedule to serve the general public in Taichung Metropolitan Area.