The District of Joban Rigel Line

Rigel Line

From The District of Joban
Rigel Line
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An Rigel CAF Train boarding at Fuka station
Overview
Status Fully Suspended due to Phase 3 Expansion
Owner Rigel Corporation
Locale Joban
Termini Airport (Terminal 1)
Draco
Stations 11
Service
Type Rapid Transit
Operator(s) Rigel Corporation
Depot(s) Airport
Rolling stock Adtranz-CAF
Rotem EMU
History
Opened May 3, 2006
Technical
Line Length 5.7km (3.5mi)
Track gauge 1,435mm
Electrification 1.5 kV DC
Operating speed 55km/h (Average)
Route Map
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The Rigel Line (Chinese: 里格爾綫) is a rapid transit operated by Rigel Corp.

The route has a total of 11 Stations, split into 3 phases.

History

Planning

In Railway Development Strategy report 2004, a new line was settled and was split into 2 phases.

Phase One

Station Name Station Code Connections Opening Date
負荷 Fuka FUK Joestu Line, Fuka Lightrail
Tohoku Shinkansen
Airport Express
Jan 3, 1960 (Previous Sections)

March 3, 2006 (Rigel Sections)

卡理特 Crater CRA March 3, 2006
達科 Draco DRA Southern Line March 3, 2006

Phase Two

Station Name Station Code Connections Opening Date
尤利西斯 Ulysses ULY Fuka Lightrail May 10, 2008
奧德修斯 Odysseus ODY December 17, 2008
奧拉加 Auriga AUR May 10, 2008
立達勞斯 Eridanus ERI May 10, 2008
福斯特薩 Fustersa FUS Joestu Line, Airport Express May 10, 2008

The phase 2 section is intended to compete with KCR Joestu Line City Section, running from Fuka to Fustersa.

In April 2004, 10 sets of 4 car trains are ordered by Rigel Corp and will be constructed by CAF.

2005

In February 2005, the tunnel and station constructions for Phase 1 has begin which consisted of 3 stations with a total of 1534m long.

During May 2005, 10 sets of trains are delivered to Rigel Corp.

By August 2005, all tunnel and station constructions has completed, and began the installation of electricity, air conditioning and signaling system.

2006

In January to April 2006, various tests has been performed to ensure stability and reliability.

In May 3rd 2006, the Phase 1 section of Rigel Line is opened for public.

2009 Airport Railway Proposal

WIP

2011 Train underframe cracking

In April 2011, 2 CAF Train experienced a loss of traction power after departing from Auriga Station and Odysseus Station respectively.

Following the examination of the train, cracks were discovered on parts of the underframe component on 5 other trains.

In June 2011, 12 sets of 5-car K-Train manufactured by Rotem is ordered and delivered by 2013.

The affected CAF Train is taken out of service and retired shortly after.

As of 2022, there are 5 CAF Trains remaining on the line and 21 sets of K-Train. The remaining CAF Trains will be slowly taken out of service and eventually replaced by K-Trains and the new S-Trains.

2013 6-Cars expansion

6 Cars Platform were reserved on all stations since the opening of the Rigel Line.

As passenger demands rise, the first 6-Cars trains is put on services in August 2013.

Since then, trains are slowly transformed from 5-Cars to 6-Cars configuration, until all trains are transformed to 6-Cars in 2016.

2022 RDS expansion

The Airport Railway section of RDS 2022

In Railway Development Strategy report 2022, under the new airport terminal plan, route alignment on the Rigel Line will be adjusted, which means Rigel Line will get another expansion (i.e. Phase 3) after 14 years. Under the new proposal, Rigel Line will stop at Central South and Racecourse, and terminating at the Airport (Terminal 1).

Starting from March 2022, Rigel Line is fully suspended due to replacing current signaling system and performing various works on current stations. As of July 2022, there are no any new information provided by Rigel Corp for the progress.

Suspension notice of Rigel Line's service due to Phase 3 expansion

Phase Three (Under Construction)

Station Name Station Code Connections Opening Date
中環南 Central South CES Joestu Line

Tsz Kiu Line

Shuntien Line

North South Line

Central Lightrail

Seiyo Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen
Airport Express

Unknown (Current sections)
馬場 Racecourse RAC -
機場 (一號客運大樓)

Airport (Terminal 1)

AIR1 Airport Express -

Route Info

Station Name Station Code Connections Opening Date Fare Zone
達科 Draco DRA Southern Line March 3, 2006 -12
卡理特 Crater CRA March 3, 2006 -5
負荷 Fuka FUK Joestu Line

Fuka Lightrail
Tohoku Shinkansen
Airport Express

March 3, 2006 5
尤利西斯 Ulysses ULY Fuka Lightrail May 10, 2008 10
奧德修斯 Odysseus ODY December 17, 2008 16
奧拉加 Auriga AUR May 10, 2008 8
立達勞斯 Eridanus ERI May 10, 2008 0
福斯特薩 Fustersa FUS Joestu Line, Airport Express May 10, 2008 -7
中環南 Central South CS Joestu Line

Tsz Kiu Line

Shuntien Line

North South Line

Central Lightrail

Seiyo Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen
Airport Express

Unknown (Current sections) 0
馬場 Racecourse RAC - 58
機場 (一號客運大樓)

Airport (Terminal 1)

AIR1 Airport Express - 220