Life on the MRT 2023

There aren’t any manually driven MRT trains.

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So even the red, blue, green, and orange trains are automatic too?

So the driver is just keeping an eye on things? I do see a driver come out.


So that guy coming out of the operator’s cab when the train stop is not the driver?

They are the good to go, door opener/closer person.

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All trains are automatic on the MRT

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So my question is, why do they always slam on the brake when stopping at a station? TRA trains are much smoother in this regard. If it’s automated then that could all be programmed in right?

Also they slow down and inch forward slowly when approaching Danshui station, and if they are automated then that’s not necessary. The train pulling into New Taipei Industrial Park MRT station do not do that, they just stop as programmed, and that station ends in a end of track too.

Need to align the train doors with the platform safety gates?

If that’s the case, I wonder why trains on the same lines seem to be driven differently at times, like @Taiwan_Luthiers says, sometimes braking rather abrupt in a station and sometimes significantly smoother.

I also always wonder why the trains on the Orange Line are really slow between Guting and Dongmen during non-peak hours and at a much higher speed during rush hours. Is it to be easy on the rails there during less busy hours?

I think the tracks between guting and dongmen must be full of exchange and turns because it makes a LOT of noise, and must be why they run slow.

It is the conductor’s responsibility to make changes and adjust things if needed. But they are automatic.

My best friend in TW is an MRT conductor. I know all the secrets.


So they just sit there and watch the machine, and adjust their timing?

If braking is done by machine why is it so inconsistent? TRA trains don’t do that.

I ride the MRT every day. I don’t think it is inconsistent.

What I mean is, it’s very abrupt, and when going into Danshui station they stop then inch forward. New Taipei Industrial Park station is like this (track ends) but because they are completely automated, they don’t stop halfway into the platform then inch forward, it just stops right on time and quickly too.

They also do this at Huilong station even though the track does not end, but continues forward to the depot.

TRA trains on the other hand accelerates very smoothly and slowly, and same when it stops at a station. MRT trains, not brown or yellow line pulls into the station, slows down then slams on the brake at the last second. This can be very disorienting.

If that happens every single time the train pulls into that specific station, then it was probably programmed to do so in that station.

It would be pretty hard for a human to stop a train the exact same way every time.

If you read the LED ticker display above the doors while going through that section, that’s exactly what the Chinese says, that the noise is from “normal wear” on the tracks and that people should not be alarmed. Funny it’s not translated into English. MRT authorities must think that foreigners are braver than locals.

The track between dongmen and guting winds a lot (you can tell by the train curving a bunch) hence the slow speed and the grinding noise.