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Kaohsiung’s 2nd light rail to begin testing in 2018

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The second phase of the circular light rail system in Taiwan’s southern port city of Kaohsiung will begin testing in September 2018, according to Kaohsiung City's Mass Rapid Transit Bureau.

Part of the light rail system’s first phase, the waterfront route, has been open to traffic, while the construction of the 13.4km second-phase route has been underway, the bureau said.  

China Steel Corporation (CSC), which last year won the bidding for the construction of the second-phase route, adopted the system of French company Alstom, and the first train is scheduled to arrive in Kaohsiung in August 2018 and be tested in September 2018, according to the bureau.   

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) visited Alstom’s headquarters in France on Wednesday to learn about the Alstom system, the company's plan regarding the Kaohsiung project and train quality. She also went to Reims to study the Alstom light rail system in the area.

Chen said she expected CSC and Alstom would bring their professionalism into full play and finish the second-phase light rail construction on schedule.


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