Taichung Metro Green Line will open by end of 2020

The 16.71-km line in Taiwan’s second most populous city has 18 elevated stations

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Taichung Metro Green Line (Taichung City Government photo)

Taichung Metro Green Line (Taichung City Government photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taichung Mayor Lu Shiow-yen (盧秀燕) has set a goal of opening the Taichung Metro Green Line by the end of 2020, Central News Agency (CNA) reported on Monday (April 22).

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taichung City Councilor Chang Yao-chung (張耀中) said during a council meeting on Monday the Green Line has been under construction for more than 10 years. Even so, the opening dates for the line have veered from 2016 to 2020.

He said many portions of the Green Line are still under construction. He also questioned whether the line would actually open to the public by the end of 2020.

DPP Taichung City Councilor Chen Shu-hua (陳淑華) questioned whether the city had encountered insurmountable difficulties with test runs of the medium-capacity system. Chen asked whether this was why the city’s Transportation Bureau was afraid of giving an opening date for the line.

The total cost to build the line is NT$48.593 billion (about US$1.6 billion), the bureau said. It added that as of the end of March, the project was 82.91% completed.

The 16.71-km Taichung Metro Green Line has 18 elevated stations and connects Beitun Depot and Taichung High Speed Rail Station.

The interior of a Taichung Metro Green Line car. (Taichung Metro Rapid Transit System Office photo)