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Three rail construction projects approved by CEPD

Three rail construction projects approved by CEPD

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) Two railway projects and a revised subway project budget, including a plan to fully electrify the rail line down Taiwan's eastern coast, were approved by the Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) on Monday. The budget for the electrification of the Hualien-Taitung line, which covers about 155.46 kilometers, was raised from NT$15 billion (US$497 million) to NT$25.43 billion for the 2008-2015 period. Once the project is completed, trains will be able to hit speeds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) rather than the 110 kph at present. Also given the green light was a project to turn the single-track Pingtung-Chaojhou line in southern Taiwan into an electrified, elevated double-track line and build a railway depot in Chaojhou. The proposed budget for the project, which began in 2005 and is expected to be completed by June 2015, will be NT$25.4 billion. Meanwhile, the budget for work on Taipei Mass Rapid Transit's Neihu line, which was completed last August, also increased by NT$1.7 billion due to an increase in the cost of building materials. (By Lin Hui-chun and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-13 16:42 GMT+08:00