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Old August 23rd, 2017, 08:21 PM   #181
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Old October 2nd, 2017, 02:56 PM   #185
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Oct 02, 2017
Tunnels impede progress on railway Wi-Fi and 4G
NO SIGNAL : The newer infrastructure of the high-speed railway system has made it easier to install the required cables, while TRA passengers must wait longer
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The government might face difficulties making Wi-Fi and fourth-generation (4G) telecom service available along most railway routes by the end of this year, because of slow progress in improving signal reception in some tunnels in the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) system, a source said yesterday.

Railway passengers have complained about the poor mobile phone reception and slow Internet processing speeds that occurs when trains pass through the tunnels.

Prior to the Taipei Summer Universiade in August, TV variety show host Jacky Wu (吳宗憲) said that although the high-speed rail system has been around for a decade, the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) seems to spend more money on TV promotion slots than on Wi-Fi equipment.

Wu’s complaint drew attention from government officials, who worked on improving the 4G reception and Wi-Fi service. Before the Universiade, high-speed rail passengers could access both services without much difficulty as trains passed through 12 high-speed rail stations along the route as well as in the section north of Hsinchu Station.

High-speed rail passengers would have access to both the 4G and Wi-Fi services in the sections south of Hsinchu Station before the end of this year, National Communications Commission (NCC) Chairwoman Nicole Chan (詹婷怡) said in a question-and-answer session at the legislature’s Transportation Committee meeting on Thursday last week.

Both 4G and Wi-Fi services would become available in the tunnels along the TRA’s north-link line and the Hualien-Taitung line by the end of this year, she added.

However, travelers on the south-link line are to have access to 4G or Wi-Fi service as the trains pass through tunnels when the railway line is electrified, she said.
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TRA ticket fares to be adjusted: MOTC
PASSENGER HABITS : People who use the TRA system frequently can be given greater discounts, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan said

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said it will reveal ticket fare adjustments for the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) services next year.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) was to brief the lawmakers at the legislature’s Transportation Committee on the TRA’s plans to purchase new train carriages and reform the railway operator’s ticketing system.

The plan to purchase new train carriages is expected to cost about NT$100 billion (US$3.3 billion).

However, the lawmakers questioned Hochen about a report published yesterday by the Chinese-language China Times that the TRA has proposed the ministry to adjust ticket prices.

The report said passengers using EasyCards, iPass or other electronic tickets would be targeted in the initial stage, with their discount to be cut from 10 percent to 5 percent.

About 400,000 people would be affected by the resulting price hike, the report added.
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Oct 31, 2017
TRA prices will not rise: Hochen
ACCIDENTAL PYRAMID : People should be concerned about small railway issues, because they might lead to major accidents later on, Legislator Lee Kun-tse said
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Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) ticket prices will not be raised for a year, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) said yesterday, after lawmakers questioned the legitimacy of price hikes, citing the operator’s incident record.

Hochen made the promise to lawmakers on the legislature’s Transportation Committee when faced with questions about three railway incidents on the west coast on Sunday night that disrupted service, affecting more than 10,000 passengers.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications had previously supported the TRA’s proposal to raise its ticket prices, which have not been adjusted for 22 years, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said.

However, incidents have happened one after another over the past two weeks, such as overhead electric cables breaking on Sunday, disrupting both southbound and northbound services, and the Puyuma Express derailing on Tuesday last week, Lin said.

The incidents have caused Premier William Lai (賴清德) and Hochen to think twice about raising ticket prices, as it is no longer a financial issue, he said.
“It has turned into a political issue and the TRA’s image is at stake.

Consumers cannot possibly support a price hike from an agency that offers lousy service and allows incidents to happen frequently, even if prices have remained unchanged for 22 years,” he said.

Between January and August, 311 railway incidents happened in the TRA system, 30 of which were major, in addition to seven derailments and 18 regular incidents, DPP Legislator Lee Kun-tse (李昆澤) said.

Meanwhile, about 200 incidents involved abnormalities detected during operations, Lee added.

“Like a pyramid, you have smaller incidents at the bottom, which could lead to major accidents at the top. This is the greatest concern that people should have with the railway system,” Lee said.

The ministry is to spend a month investigating each type of incident and finding ways to address them, Hochen said, adding that Sunday’s incidents showed that maintenance quality needs improvement.

“We will seek improvement through technology and recruit more workers to boost employees’ morale. We will show the public that the train system is improving,” he said.

Hochen also said that the ministry has rejected the TRA’s ticket price adjustment plan.
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Oct 9, 2017
Report shows the TRA deficit to be NT$111.1bn
TRANSPORT TROUBLES : The deficit was mainly due to debts from the pension system, and does not mean that the firm is being run badly, TRA Director-General Jason Lu said
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The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) has accumulated operational deficits of NT$111.1 billion (US$3.66 billion), a Legislative Yuan Budget Center report said, adding that the government failed to come up with effective solutions to address the financial problems facing the nation’s five major railway operators.

The operators are TRA, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC), Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC), Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp (KRTC) and Taoyuan Metro Corp.

The report, which evaluated how the government has enforced its budget plan, included scrutiny of the budget allocated for building and operating railway systems.

The TRA has accumulated massive financial losses, which could “affect the soundness of the agency’s capital structure,” the report said.

The TRA has a price cap on its tickets and bears huge personnel costs, including the pension fund for retired employees, it said, adding that part of the agency’s budget is to be spent on meeting the government’s policy objectives, which are mostly profitless operations.

Although the TRA has managed to reduce its operational deficits over the years thanks to a more flexible use of its assets and more efficient operations, the agency had accumulated a loss of NT$111.1 billion by the end of last year, or 70 percent of its capital, it said.

The agency’s losses were mainly debt from the pension fund system for retired employees that was enforced before 1999, TRA Director-General Jason Lu (鹿潔身) said, adding that it does not mean that the agency is running its business badly.

The government’s Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program, which includes large railway projects, would only deteriorate the TRA’s financial situation, former minister of transportation and communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) said on Facebook.

“If the government is really serious about investing in railway infrastructure, its priority should be to address the TRA’s financial problems. The longer it waits to address those problems, the tougher it gets to solve them,” Yeh said.

The transportation ministry had stipulated plans to address the problems during the administration of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), including development of properties belonging to the old Taipei Railway Workshop, Yeh said, adding that the plan was canceled after the entire workshop was designated a national historic site.
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Bureau claims the Alishan Forest railway is still safe
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The Forestry Bureau on Saturday denied media reports that the Alishan Forest Railway (阿里山森林鐵路) has safety problems, while adding that its view on maintenance differs from that of the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), which was commissioned by the bureau to manage the railway.

Considered one of the three best-known mountain railways in the world, the railway begins at Chiayi Train Station and runs 71.4km to Alishan.

Under order of the Executive Yuan, the bureau in May 2013 commissioned the TRA’s Alishan Forest Railway department to manage the railway, but the contract is to end on Dec. 31.

A series of reports in the Chinese-language United Daily News on Saturday said that senior workers on the railway protested the bureau’s involvement in the line’s management, saying they only attended to the railway when traffic accidents happened.

All construction projects have had to be approved by the bureau, but it has not taken active measures to prevent accidents, they said in the reports.
The railway’s employees hope to stay on as TRA employees, because they took recruitment examinations, they said, adding that they feared becoming contract workers with lower pay once the bureau took over.
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