Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project: Final Inspections for First Phase Completed on August 24 (2016)
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Railway Reconstruction Bureau
On August 24, 2016, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) completed the final inspection for the first phase of the Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project. The MOTC had three inspection teams performing inspections, which were civil engineering, electrical engineering, and operations. The Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project has two separate phases. The area of this most recent inspection effort was for the first phase, goes from Fengyuan Station to Daqing Station and includes the following stations and sections: Fengyuan Station, Tanzi Station, Taiyuan Station, Taichung Station, and Daqing Station and elevated sections of railway. This railway stretches 21.7 kilometers along the railway route. The engineering work parts of this final inspection have already been finished, and both the Railway Reconstruction Bureau (RRB) and Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) have performed their own inspections of the section and joint inspections and fixed problems and issues with the railway before and final inspection were carried out. Based on Regulation 3 of Operational Guidelines for Railway Transportation System Final Inspections, which states that an inspection should confirm that the railway is able to perform operational requirements, on June 29 (2016), the MOTC was contacted to send out officials to carry out a final inspection. For this final inspection, on July 14, the MOTC’s Railways Supervision Task Force carried out an inspection based on files of engineering inspection results given to them by the RRB and TRA. Lin Ji-guo, Chief of Department of Railways and Highways, served as the convener, inviting nine experts and scholars to be part of the final inspection task force. On August 23 and 24, they separated into teams in order to give presentations, look at files, perform on-site inspections, carry out drills and exercises, have group discussions, and hold a meeting about summarized results and findings. The drills and exercises for this inspection effort involved observing the train approaching Taichung Station as it headed for Taiyuan Station. The pantograph had suffered damage and this caused the catenary to be pulled unnaturally; this all resulted in the train using too much power and then electricity cutting off. A train was sent out to pull the broken train to Taichung Station. As for passengers on the train or at the station that were injured, emergency management measures were carried out. All members of inspection task force highly recognized the results of drills and exercises and TRA staff’s emergency response ability. As soon as this engineering section is finished and open to traffic, the following facilities will be removed: 17 level crossings, 18 underpasses, and 3 land bridges. Furthermore, the local transportation situation will be improved and transportation-related accidents will be reduced. The improvements should prove beneficial for connecting different parts of the metropolitan area, as both sides of the railway will no longer be separated by the tracks. The project will also improve the value of land use and help spur on economic development for the Greater Taichung Area.