Bombardier's Sustainable and Effective Automated Transit System Opens in Taipei, Taiwan

Unparalled system project in transit industry underscores Bombardier’s expertise by supplying a system extension while upgrading the existing line

Bombardier Transportation announced today that it has completed the Neihu Line, an extension of the existing Muzha Line, in Taipei, Taiwan. This unique, large-scale project involved the design and supply of the 15-km Neihu Line and fleet of 202 vehicles, as well as the simultaneous retrofit of the Muzha Line. Ultimately, the new and existing vehicles, operating as married pairs, will run compatibly on both lines.

The official ceremony to mark the inauguration of the Neihu Line was hosted by Mayor Hao of Taipei City. Representing Bombardier Transportation, Mick Franzetta, Systems Division’s Vice President, said: “The new Neihu Line extension is an essential component of the Department of Rapid Transit Systems’ plan to ensure sustainable and effective transportation for the residents of Taipei City and the surrounding area. We are very proud of our contribution and are confident that the Neihu Line will provide a safe and reliable service to meet the growing demands of urbanziation in the region.”

Under contract to Kung Sung Engineering Corporation (KSECO), the prime contractor, Bombardier Transportation was responsible for the design and supply of all of the electrical and mechanical (E&M) systems for the 12-station Neihu Line, as well as the trackwork conceptual design. The E&M supply included BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 650 automatic train control (ATC) technology, power supply and communications systems, platform screen doors, equipment for the new operations control centre (OCC) and workshop, and 202 rubber-tired vehicles.

The scope of work on the Muzha Line involved replacing the existing train control with Bombardier’s CITYFLO 650 ATC, retrofitting the communications system in the existing 12 stations, and equipping a new OCC.

For the overall E&M project, Bombardier provided project management, systems engineering and integration, test and commissioning, and training for the operations staff of Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC). Tangeng Advanced Vehicle, a local Taiwanese company, performed the final assembly of 114 of the 202 vehicles in Taiwan.

The complete 25-km system provides passengers with quick and easy connections to various commercial and residential areas, as well as entertainment facilities such as the famed Taipei Zoo and the new Convention Complex at Nangang Business Park.

The radio-based CITYFLO 650 automatic train control has been successfully deployed on complex transit systems such as Line 6 of the Metro de Madrid in Spain and on the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA automated people mover at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, USA.

About Systems Division
Bombardier Transportation’s Systems Division has delivered 60 transit systems in 16 countries around the globe; 32 of which are operating in urban applications and 22 in world leading airports. The Division's solutions include driverless rapid transit, people mover and monorail systems, as well as light rail, metro and intercity systems. The Division also has more than 35 years of experience in providing comprehensive operation and maintenance services.

About Bombardier Transportation
As the global leader in rail technology, Bombardier Transportation offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier
A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from commercial aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2009, were $19.7 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at

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Photo: Neihu Line in Taipei completed by Bombardier Transportation

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