The first domestically built tram for a light rail transport system has been delivered to Tamsui District and is ready to undergo static and dynamic vehicle tests, the New Taipei Department of Rapid Transit Systems said Tuesday.
Designed and built in Taiwan through a partnership between Hsinchu-based Taiwan Rolling Stock Co. (TRSC) and Germany's Voith Engineering Services, the tram was set onto tracks for the first time near Danhai New Township on Tuesday morning.
The new tram, sporting blue livery, is the first of 15 to be completed for the under-construction Danhai light rail transit (LRT) system in Tamsui. The remaining trams will be delivered over time until August 2017.
According to department chief Simon Chao (???), the first phase of the planned system is almost 50 percent complete and is scheduled to be fully completed by the end of 2018.
The tram system's first phase encompasses 14 stops on two tram lines -- the Lushan (Green Mountain) Line, which has 11 stops, and the Lanhai (Blue Seaside) Line, which has three stops.
By the time of its completion, Chao said he expects the system to partially help alleviate some of the congested traffic between Tamsui and downtown Taipei.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel