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BHSR to test airport line in October

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR) said over the weekend that it was scheduled to commence tests of the Airport Line rail system in October.

The bureau said that four standard train service cars had arrived from Japan last week, adding that it planned to spend about a month to assemble the parts.

As well as the standard train service, the bureau plans to offer an express service. The standard service train will consist of four cars, while the express service will consist of five cars. To -distinguish between the two, the cars for the standard service will be blue and those for the express will be purple, with one of the cars being used to hold luggage.

According to the bureau’s plan, there will be 11 express train and 17 standard train services each day.

The bureau said that all the express train cars were being manufactured in Japan, with the first set scheduled to arrive in October.

The standard train cars are being produced by Taiwanese manufacturer Taiwan Rolling Stock Co, apart from the first set that was produced in Japan, the bureau added. The bureau said that it was still ilaying the rails.

The first standard service train will be tested at the Chipu Depot and will be later tested on real rails.

The bureau plans to launch the operation of the Airport Line in two stages. The overpass section between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Sanchong (三重) is scheduled to be operational by June 2013.

The underground section from Sanchong to Taipei Railway Station is scheduled to be launched by October 2014.

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