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Taiwan's high-speed rail system to start trial services next week

Taiwan's high-speed rail system to start trial services next week

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. plans to launch trial services of the island's high-speed rail system next week, after the government approved the system's launch following numerous delays, a company official said Thursday.
The company still hasn't decided on the official launch date because it wants to take public opinion into account during the trial, said a Taiwan High Speed Rail public relations official who declined to be named because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
The trials will run from Jan. 5 to Jan. 14 between Taipei and Kaohsiung, shortening travel time between the island's two main cities to 90 minutes from at least four hours.
During the trial run, 19 trains will operate each day, the official said. Each train can carry 989 passengers.
The government gave its final approval to the operator of the NT$480 billion (US$ 15 billion;


Updated : 2021-05-07 01:09 GMT+08:00