LEAKING PLATFORMS AND ROOFS DISCOVERED ON AIRPORT MRT LINE|機捷延長試乘時間0700-2100 傳多站漏水
Several days of heavy rains have led to leaking roofs in several stations of the newly completed Taoyuan Airport MRT. Metro Taoyuan said that cut-out designs on the roofs, which are a green building feature, are making it easier for rain water to splash onto the platforms. An inspection by the Bureau of High Speed Rail, the agency responsible for building the line, found that some drainage pipes were blocked up and the grout in the structures have aged, causing the leaks. They said that the contractors will be required to make improvements.
In the rainy weather, the platforms of the Taoyuan Airport MRT's Chang Gung Memorial Hospital station saw dripping water that collected into puddles. Metro Taoyuan said that the roof cutouts meant to improve air circulation means that water sometimes splashes onto the platform in heavy rain. Passengers have discovered similar leaks in Taishan, Linkou, and Shanbi stations.
==MR. CHOU passenger==
Of course, improvements have to be made. What if a typhoon comes?
An inspection by the Bureau of High Speed Rail discovered that the drainage pipes for the platforms were clogged by leaves and dirt, and that grout used in the station structure had aged and cracked, causing the leaks. They said that the contractors will be required to make improvements.
==TSAO LO-CHUN Engineering Dept. Chief, Bureau of HSR==
The station is designed to circulate air in accordance with green building standards. So when the weather isn't good, rain will sometimes get in.
Compounding the leakage problem, passengers are complaining that the Airport MRT line stations are too hot and crowded, as the system has become packed over the long weekend. Some took their complaints directly to Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan.
The MRT system is too hot, it's so hot.
Passengers also complained that the system's signage was unclear and that ticket vending locations were poorly marked.
==MS. CHAO passenger==
I would give it a 70% grade. A lot of the signs need to be improved. I think foreign visitors could find it hard to navigate when they arrive.
Cheng said that the problems with each station will be solved before operations officially begin. The trial runs will end on March 2nd, but hours have been extended to 7 AM to 9 PM and there is no longer a limit on the number of passengers.
==CHENG WEN-TSAN Toayuan City Mayor==
The purpose of the trial run is to find flaws that need to be improved. We have requested (the Bureau of HSR) to inspect all 22 stations for problems that need to be fixed before operations begin.
As of Feb. 25th, the system has totaled 680,000 rides. The number is projected to reach 800,000 on the 26th with an average of 100,000 rides per day over the holiday weekend. Metro Taoyuan reminds the public to follow directions given by staff members under crowded conditions.
TRANSLATED BY：JOHN CHEN
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