Fri, Dec 03, 2010 - Page 2 News List

MRT Luzhou Line free trial month comes to an end

Staff Writer, with CNA

The one-month free trial service on the Taipei MRT Luzhou Line ended yesterday, following mostly positive public reviews, Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC) said.

Construction on the line began in 2002 and includes 11 stations. According to statistics, the new 12.5km line has lifted the MRT’s current average daily total of 1.41 million passenger trips to around 1.57 million, which TRTC said was in line with its expectations.

In the first three weeks of service, 3.05 million passenger trips were recorded on the Luzhou Line, TRTC said.

Unlike the Wenhu Line, which has been plagued by glitches since it started operation in July last year, the Luzhou Line has proved to be stable and reliable and no major malfunctions were reported over the past month, according to TRTC.

“The two cases are very different,” a TRTC official said, referring to the Alstom transport system that is used not only on the Luzhou Line, but also in most of the Taipei MRT network, while the Wenhu Line uses a hybrid system, combining work by Matra of France and Bombardier of Canada, which has been blamed for its frequent glitches.

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