| Taipei - MRTS
The Mass Rapid Transit System of Taipei (MRTS) proves that the
general trend of new metro systems gaining profit from the internationally
accumulated knowledge on crime prevention techniques is not an
absolute scientific law. After nine years of construction, the
MRTS is still not operational. Already it has become the most
expensive railway system in the world despite its lack of even
the most fundamental crime prevention conditions.
The Executive Yuan, Taiwan's ruling cabinet, delegated the construction
of the MRTS to the Taipei Municipal Government (TMG) in 1986,
which in turn, created in 1987, the Department of Rapid Transit
Systems (DORTS). The first construction is comprised of 88 kilometres
of track consisting of four underground, one elevated, an one
maintenance line. It will consist of 80 stations, 5 of which will
be at the ground level and 23 which will be elevated. The second
phase is still under discussion and will be comprised of a series
of extensions totalling another 50 kilometres.
The first segment of the MRTS which will start operation is the
elevated Mucha line. This line will consist of 24 kilometres of
track and 23 stations. It was designed and built by the French
Matra Group and utilises automatic, driverless trains on rubber
tires. The trains of the Mucha line have started test running,
but not without serious difficulties. The trains shake significantly
and two train engines exploded during testing. To promote the
use of the Mucha line, people are offered to test ride the trains
for free, but the number of volunteers has been disappointing.
Source: López, M.J.J., Crime Prevention
Guidelines for the Construction & Management of Metro Systems,
Den Haag: RCM-advies 1996, pg. 39-40.