Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

TRA plan to overhaul trains approved

TRA plan to overhaul trains approved

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) The National Development Council on Monday approved a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) plan to spend NT$100 billion (US$3.22 billion) over 10 years (2015-2024) to buy 1,307 new train carriages and locomotives to ensure safety and service quality. TRA passenger numbers have risen steadily in recent years, averaging more than 600,000 passengers per day in 2013, and older trains have been forced into service to meet the daily demand, the administration said. To maintain a high quality of service, the TRA came up with the 10-year plan to overhaul its fleet by phasing out old trains and purchasing new ones. The agency said it plans to spend an estimated NT$99.73 billion from now until 2024 to acquire 600 carriages for its intercity train service, 520 cars for commuter trains, 127 locomotives and 60 cars for diesel-powered trains. According to TRA statistics, 990 of its train cars, or 39.1 of the total, are set to be phased out by 2024. As the new trains enter service, some of the older carriages used on the Tzuchiang or Chukuang express trains will be decommissioned, enabling the TRA to provide more speedy service on several rail lines, Deputy Director-General Ho Hsien-lin (???) said. The new trains will also help improve punctuality, Ho added. (By Wang Shu-fen, Chen Cheng-wei and Evelyn Kao)


Updated : 2021-09-29 07:53 GMT+08:00