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South Link train line reopened after typhoon repairs

South Link train line reopened after typhoon repairs

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) The entire Taiwan Railway South Link Line that runs across southern Taiwan between the east and west coasts was reopened Wednesday after having been closed for four months to repair damage to the line caused by Typhoon Morakot in August.
Passengers seemed to be in a joyful mood as they boarded the first train to depart Taitung Railway Station, with Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo on hand to greet them.
Mao, who had spent the night in the eastern Taiwan county of Taitung Tuesday to attend the line's reopening ceremony, launched the first train on the railway line at 6:12 a.m.
"What fun, " said a child who took the inaugural ride with his parents.
To mark the event, tickets for the first train to set off from the station and for an express train departing for Kaohsiung City at 12:52 p.m. were distributed for free.
Aside from Mao, a local performing arts group celebrated the reopening with an aboriginal music and dance performance at the Taitung station.
The 98.2 km-long South Link Line runs across southern Taiwan, connecting Pingtung County in the west and Taitung County in the east. It is part of the round-the-island railway network.
(By Tyson Lu and Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-03-05 00:52 GMT+08:00