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Wenhu line integrated for faster service

Officials with the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) under the Taipei City Government and transport experts conducted test operations concerning the switching of train cars for the Wenhu line of the mass rapid transit (MRT) system Sunday. The switch is expected to be carried out before the end of this month to cut down on the traveling time for passengers.

The Wenhu MRT line connects the Wenshan (also commonly known as Muzha) District and Neihu District of Taipei City.

The Muzha section was completed earlier by the Matra Group of France while the Neihu Line was built by Bombardier Corp. of Canada, which also supplied the 101 pairs of trains (202 cars).

To integrate the services and improve efficiency, the 51 pairs of Matra train cars were modified to conform to the Bombardier system.

The test proceeded smoothly yesterday for the interchange running of the Bombardier and Matra train cars between the Nangang Exhibition Hall Station and Taipei Zoo Station in Muzha.

Officials and experts said final results of the test run will come out soon to give final approval to the train car switch.

They expect the green light to be given before Dec. 31 so that passengers will be able to use the MRT network to attend year-end activities bidding farewell to 2010 and welcomes the arrival of a new year on the New Year's Eve.

Overall traveling and waiting time can be saved for passengers since the time gap between two trains at each of the 24 stations on the Wenhu MRT line can be shortened by 90 to 120 seconds, they estimated.

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 Wenhu line integrated for faster service 
Transport experts take the trains on the Wenhu MRT line to inspect the safety and stability of the interchange of two systems of train cars running between Neihu and Wenshan on Sunday. (CNA)



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