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Three new stations to join high speed rail line on Dec. 1

Three new stations to join high speed rail line on Dec. 1

Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Three new stations on Taiwan's high-speed rail line will soon undergo on-site inspections and are expected to be opened on Dec. 1, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Friday. Yang Cheng-chun (???), a section chief with the MOTC's Bureau of High Speed Rail, confirmed that the agency has received an application for on-site inspections of the three new stations -- located in Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin counties. It will begin to review written materials next week and arrange for a two-day inspection visit in early October. Yang noted that there will be seven different train schedules once the three new stations begin operations. The fares for travel between Taipei and Miaoli, Taipei and Changhua, and Taipei and Yunlin will be NT$430, NT$820 and NT$930, respectively. Once a financial reform program approved for the high-speed rail's operator, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC), takes effect in October, the fare for a trip between Taipei and Kaohsiung will be cut from the current NT$1,630 to NT$1,490. But according to THSRC's contract to build and operate the high speed rail, it can adjust fares if the consumer price index increases by more than 3 percent. That means that if the consumer price index increases by more than 3 percent next March from a year earlier, the government will have to approve new basic rates and the fares could go up again. (By Chen Wei-ting and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 10:24 GMT+08:00