Taoyuan Airport MRT back to normal after first glitch late Friday

Taipei--The service of Taoyuan International Airport MRT went back to normal after the system experienced its first major glitch late Friday since it went into operation early this month, causing some trains to be delayed by 8 to 15 minutes.

Taoyuan Metro Corporation, the publicly funded entity that operates the airport MRT, apologized to passengers who were affected by the delay and said all trains were running normally Saturday morning.

The glitch was first reported by passengers who said their trains were stopping and going near Shanbi Station, a stop north of Kengkou.

In a statement issued early Saturday, the company said the delay affected northbound trains traveling from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei City between 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

The delay occurred after a signal anomaly was detected at Kengkou Station just north of the airport, the company said.

An unspecified number of trains had to be operated manually and traveled at low speed for safety's sake, it said.

After the MRT ended its daily operation around midnight, engineers sent to the scene found that a radio signal weakness had prevented the trains from traveling at high speed in their regular automatic mode, the company said.

The problem was fixed and eight trains were run through Kenkou Station in succession to ensure the signal was normal before the MRT line was put back into service, it said.

It was not known how many passengers were affected by the first major glitch since the airport MRT went into service on March 2 after a month-long trial run.

The 53-kilometer MRT connects Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan's main international gateway, with the Taipei Main Station and serves commuters in parts of Taoyuan City and New Taipe City.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel