TAIWAN: The first section of Taipei Metro’s fully automated Circular metro line is now in operation, serving the Daipinglin district in the south of the city.

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The 15·4 km route has been developed by Hitachi Rail as part of its first turnkey metro contract in East Asia. An initial 17 four-car aluminium trains have been supplied, each equipped with GoA 4 CBTC technology. The trains have a capacity for 650 passengers, and can travel at up to 80 km/h.

The Circular line currently has 14 stations and a depot. When completed, it will total 52 km in length, allowing commuters to travel directly from suburban Taipei to New Taipei City.