(CNA file photo)
Taipei, May 3 (CNA) The Wenhu (brown) line of the Taipei Metro, which runs a near loop through eastern Taipei, resumed regular operations Saturday afternoon after a signal problem left service suspended for four hours.
All trains have resumed transporting passengers between Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center and Taipei Zoo, the two terminal stations, according to the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp., which runs the metro.
The signal problem at 7:31 a.m. forced the operator to shut down service along most of the north section of the line between Jiannan Road and Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center stations.
Shuttle buses were provided for passengers traveling the affected length of the line until 11:45 a.m., when the malfunction was fixed, the company said.
Service was first restored to all stations except for trains at Donghu Station headed toward Nangang before the entire line resumed regular operations.
The cause of the problem remains unknown, the company said.
The brown line was plagued by frequent malfunctions shortly after it opened in July 2009 due to compatibility issues between the new Neihu Line extension and the older system.
Between July and September of that year, 32 glitches lasting five minutes or more were reported on the line.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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