Taipei metro to begin testing constructed section of circular line

Taipei, The first-stage construction of the circular line (yellow line) planned for the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit system has almost been completed, with full testing to begin in September, the Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems said Wednesday.

Ninety percent of the overall construction work has been finished, including a control center and major electronic and electric facilities, the department said.

Power supply has been connected to the 15.4 kilometer section of 14 stations from Dapinglin Station to the New Taipei Industrial Park, it added.

The control center is undertaking single-train test runs on certain parts of the Zhong Huan (middle circle) section in automatic mode, conducting the testing in phases.

Testing of the entire section is expected to begin in September, the department said.

Liu Chiu-liang (???), head of the department's electronic and electric system engineering division, said efforts are being made to push for commercial runs on the section next year.

The circular line, a medium-capacity rapid transit line, is designed to allow commuters to travel in the New Taipei districts of Xindian, Zhonghe, Banqiao and Xinzhuang without having to pass through Taipei, thereby reducing travel time.

Four stages of construction are planned -- the Zhong Huan Section, the Nan Huan (south circle) Section, the Bei Huan (north circle) Section and the Dong Huan (east circle) Section.

The Zhong Huan Section, the first to be built, has the only elevated section among the four projects, with the rest to be built underground.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel