Taiwan's plan for light railway across Tamsui River moves ahead

Tamsui-Bali LRT line will take five years to build

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New Taipei plans LRT line between Tamsui and Bali. (image by New Taipei DORTS)

New Taipei plans LRT line between Tamsui and Bali. (image by New Taipei DORTS)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A study on a light railway (LRT) linking Tamsui to New Taipei City's Bali District received the green light from the Ministry of Transportation on Wednesday (Dec.11).

When work eventually starts, it will take five years to complete the 5.6-kilometer-long line, which will span the Tamsui River and include one station in Tamsui and six in Bali, CNA reported.

The New Taipei City Government will still have to give its verdict on Wednesday’s decision and pass it on to the Ministry of Transportation. Approval from the central government is likely to be given early next year.

The city estimates the cost of the project at NT$7.68 billion (US$252 million), CNA reported.

The LRT line would add yet another point of access to Tamsui, a popular weekend destination where people often complain about traffic jams and the lack of roads and public transportation. The district already has one LRT line.