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Taichung City to begin mass rapid transit system construction in 2009

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu is seen talking to journalists on June 10, 2008 on the controversy of whether Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chen should be invit...

Taichung Mayor Jason Hu is seen talking to journalists on June 10, 2008 on the controversy of whether Hong Kong movie star Jackie Chen should be invit...

Taichung City in central Taiwan is expected to begin construction of a mass rapid transit (MRT) system next year, ruling Kuomintang (KMT) Legislator Lu Shiow-yen said Tuesday.
Lu, elected from Taichung City, made the remarks after Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chih-kuo gave his verbal consent to a sooner-than-expected start to construction of the rail system that has been much anticipated by Taichung citizens, during a meeting with Lu and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu.
According to Lu, the now-opposition Democratic Progressive Party had originally planned when it was still in power to begin the construction in 2010.
However, Taichung citizens believe that any delay in the construction will seriously hamper the development of the city, and implored the government to bring the start date forward.
The Kuomintang administration is now expected to give priority to the construction of the 16.5 km city MRT line.
Some real estate agents have estimated that once the MRT is completed, together with already running Taiwan High Speed Rail system that passes through Taichung, it will bring additional prosperity to the Taichung area.


Updated : 2021-05-19 08:00 GMT+08:00