2getthere and Hsin-Chu Seamless Joint Co., Ltd. (Hsin-Jie) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on January 30th, 2015 in regard to the realization of the Hsinchu GRT connection. The MOU is a next step towards the realization of the connection between the local rail stations, Tsing Hha University and Hsinchu Science Park. Hsin-Jie is engaged in managing, financing, realizing and operating the project, with 2getthere providing the system consisting of 3rd generation Group Rapid Transit vehicles.
The Automated People Mover (APM) system is constructed elevated, allowing a high throughput and capacity. The connection features 11 stations and will be able to handle 4,800 passengers per hour. To ensure the highest service levels to passengers, four different service lines are defined, with frequencies ranging from 1.5 to 3.5 minutes. The main locations within the system are served by an express line ensuring the shortest possible travel time. To provide the high service level and capacity, a fleet size of 55 GRT vehicles will be installed.
Hsin-Jie CEO Chia Feng Shih stated: ‘There is a very clear need for a feeder system in this area of Hsinchu. As Hsin-Jie we are eager to realize the system and contribute to the accessibility of the city and the improvement of local mobility. The system will allow passengers to get to their destination efficiently, reducing the congestion on local roads and improving the living environment in the process.’ At this time the project progress has slowed as a result of a change in government and a realignment of the route to also serve the high-speed railway station.