The opening date of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT has been delayed several times. On Aug. 27th, the TIA MRT Supervision Committee held a press conference to present its final report. The committee said the stability of the airport MRT has seen significant improvement and its safety can be assured. The system can be launched after the final inspection. Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan said the threshold requirements for operations are not the same as the final acceptance standards. The airport MRT can begin operations and continue to improve to meet the final acceptance standards. Ministry of Transportation and Communications Minister Ho Chen Tan said the timetable for opening has not been confirmed yet.
Baggage can be checked in by just a few touches on the screen, and passengers can then take the MRT from the Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan International Airport. However, the start date for the Taoyuan International Airport MRT has been postponed repeatedly. After 2 month's intensive inspections, the airport MRT Supervision Committee required 4,522 errors to be corrected. Now the list is down to 25 items. On Aug. 27th, the Committee reported that the airport MRT is free of safety concerns, but the minister of the MOTC Ho Chen Tan said an opening date has not yet been scheduled.
==CHIANG YAO-CHONG, Convener, TIAA MRT Supervision Committee==
The overall safety of the system can be assured. The only thing is that the stability has to improve.
==HO CHEN TAN, Minister of MOTC==
There is no timetable. We need to ensure the system's safety and stability before it's launch. (Will it open at the end of the year?) We do not have a confirmed schedule.
The start date of the airport MRT has been delayed multiple times. Ho Chen Tan denied the allegation that the airport MRT will open at the end of the year. However, Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan said the threshold requirements for operations are separate from the final acceptance standards. If the system's stability can be assured, the airport MRT can begin operations and continue to improve to meet the standards for final acceptance.
==CHEN WEN-TSAN, Taoyuan City Mayor==
The final acceptance can be completed after the airport MRT begins operations. We need to meet the final acceptance standards, and they are different from the threshold requirements for system's launch. We will conduct simulations for operations as required by the MOTC and the Committee.
According to the contract, the standard travel time from the Taipei Main Station to the Airport Terminal 1 Station is 35 minutes, but currently it is till 1 minute longer than the stipulated requirement. There are also other issues with contractors. Ho Chen Tan said the contractual issues will be resolved legally.