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Taiwan, Taipei - tw/13

Mass Transit

DORTS, Taipei's Department of Rapid Transit Systems, has awarded an integrated turnkey contract worth €334m for the first phase of the city's Circular Line automated metro. Ansaldo STS has received a €220m order to supply E&M equipment, including driverless technology and the metro signalling system CBTC Radio (Communications-Based Train Control), whilst AnsaldoBreda will supply 17 trains at a cost of €114m. The first stage of the Circular Line is 15.5 km-long with a depot and 13 elevated stations and one underground station, from Dapinglin to Wugu Industrial Park. This line connects with five MRT lines, the Xindian, Zhonghe, Banqiao, and Xinzhuang lines, and the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System. Its entry into service is expected by the end of 2015. The complete Circular Line is planned to be 52 km-long, connecting with 11 MRT lines and passing through 10 administrative districts of Taipei City and Taipei County. The remaining 36 km, of which over 20 km is underground, with 32 stations and two depots are to be built in two later stages. Click here for the map and visit http://english.taipei.gov.tw/dorts/index.jsp, www.ansaldo-sts.com and www.ansaldobreda.it 12/09.