Kaohsiung’s Mass Rapid Transit Bureau began a week-long test of the country’s first light rail system. A passenger trial run could be held in the second half of August.
The tests will have trams run every half hour for seven days between the C1 and C4 stops. Once the system passes its initial review, the city can apply for a final review and approval by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications before opening the light rail system to the public.
The light rail line is set to run on a circular route around the city with a total of 37 stops. Construction has been divided into two phases. The first 8.7-kilometer phase, which includes the four stops currently being tested, consists of 14 stops and is expected to be completed in June next year.
The light rail system has been designed and built by Spanish company Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles.