BOHSR has completed the initial inspection on Dec. 3 to 4, 2016 and has confirmed that the issues needed to be improved before final inspection have all been resolved. In addition, the system has met the criteria for final inspection according to “Rules of MRT Final Inspection & Testing for Revenue Service”. Therefore, based on the above-mentioned Rules, BOHSR applied to MOTC for the system to be final inspected. In consequence, MOTC completed the final inspection on Dec. 29 to 30, 2016.
In the two-day inspection, the inspectors first examined the documents regarding construction, testing and operational regulation. Then, the inspectors visited major transfer and terminal stations including Taipei Main Station (A1), New Taipei Industrial Park Station (A3), Airport Terminal 2 Station (A13), Huanbei Station (A21), Chingpu Depot and Lujhu Depot to conduct on-site survey and testing on station facilities and equipment, maintenance base equipment, track, E&M equipment, baggage handling equipment, transfer facilities, escape facilities and long steep slopes. After the on-site inspection, the operating company was asked to conduct two simulation exercises on relevant hypothetical scenarios. The first was to test emergency response capabilities when there is instant influx of passengers carrying large baggage and encounters abnormal during baggage screening when using emergency check-in facilities at Taipei Main Station (A1). The second simulation was train failure and stops near New Taipei Industrial Park Station (A3) so the rescue train has to be dispatched to the scene to tow the failure train to A3 Station. Relevant actions included baggage handling, passenger and baggage transfer where observation of the relevant personnel for the pre-boarding, train rescue, passenger and baggage handling and other handling measures was taken place. The inspectors expressed high appraisal to participating personnel from Taoyuan Metro and Taoyuan Airport Corporation and the exercises ended successfully.
The inspection results included 8 improvement issues that needed to be improved before operation, 16 general matters and 17 follow-up suggestions. Those issues needed to be improved before operation must be re-examined and approved by the committee inspectors to be submitted to the MOTC for ratification. Then, the official opening of the system can be decided by the Taoyuan City Government. BOHSR will demand the MRT Engineering Office and relevant construction units together Taoyuan Metro and Taoyuan Airport Corporation to complete those improvement issues needed to be resolved before operation as soon as possible with view to early opening of the system to provide safe, comfortable and convenient transportation services for people to Taoyuan Airport and commuters along Taipei City, New Taipei City and Taoyuan City.