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MRT brakes suddenly without obvious reason

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A Taipei Metro train suddenly slammed on its brakes before pulling into Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station yesterday, affecting the schedules of approximately 1,000 passengers.

According to local media reports, a Bannan line train heading for Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Station pulled to a sudden stop just as it was nearing Zhongxiao Xinsheng around 6:51 p.m. yesterday.

The Metro staff hurried to have the train pulled into the station and also asked the passengers to wait for the next functioning train. The affected passengers were finally able to resume their routes by 6:59 p.m., the Metro staff reported.

Many passengers complained to the Metro staff and local media outlets, slamming the Taipei Metro for its many issues.

The braked train is undergoing inspections and repairs as needed, said a Metro official. The actual cause of the incident will hopefully be revealed after the Taipei Metro closes for the night, the official said yesterday.

THSR Faulty Again

And it's not only the Taipei Metro that has received complaints about faulty operations. The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) once again effectively delayed the schedules of its many passengers yesterday due to railroad switch malfunctions, just shortly after the Taipei Metro incident.

A south-bound train was delayed for 15 minutes when it pulled into Taichung Station around 8 p.m. last night, with many passengers reporting that the train had suddenly slowed down when it almost reached the station.

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