Taichung government demands more safety checks of MRT trains

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/30/2020
By: Su Mu-chun, Chao Li-yan and Chiang Yi-ching

A Taichung MRT train. Photo courtesy of the Taichung city government.

Taipei, Nov. 30 (CNA) Trial operations on Taichung's mass rapid transit (MRT) system could be further delayed after the city government demanded more comprehensive safety checks, according to a press release Monday.

Trial runs on the system's first line, the Green Line, began on Nov. 16, but were suspended after one of the trains reported a malfunction at the Taichung High Speed Rail Station terminal on Nov. 21.

The system's operator, Taichung Mass Rapid Transit Corp. (TMRTC), said the same day that all services would be suspended until the problem is fixed.

The breakdown involved a U.S.-made coupling connecting the two-carriage train that broke, which the train manufacturer, Kawasaki Heavy Industries of Japan, said had "never happened before."    [FULL  STORY]

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