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THSR stretch would lose NT$200m yearly: expert
PINGTUNG EXTENSION : The Bureau of High Speed Rail has estimated that building a line from Zuoying would cost NT$50 billion and serve about 5,000 people a day

The government might face an annual operating loss of NT$200 million (US$6.7 million) if it extends the Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) line to Pingtung, in addition to construction costs, an expert from the Society of Railway and National Planning, Taiwan, said yesterday.

Currently, the high-speed rail serves 12 stations and its southern terminus is at Zuoying Station, Kaohsiung. The railway’s train depot is in the city’s Yenchao District (燕巢).

Extending the line from Kaohsiung to Pingtung was one of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) campaign promises during her unsuccessful 2012 presidential run.

Discussions over the project have come back to life this year after the Executive Yuan included a study of the project’s viability in its Forward-looking Infrastructure Development Program budget.

The Bureau of High Speed Rail, which was charged with the feasibility study, has identified two possible routes, one of which would depart from Yenchao and the other from Zuoying Station.

While construction of either is technically viable, both extension lines would lack economic merit, the bureau said, adding that recouping construction costs on an extension within 30 years would be difficult.

The route between Yenchao and Pingtung would stretch about 13.2km and construction costs could top NT$50 billion, the bureau said.

Should the line be built from Zuoying Station instead, it would stretch 17.5km and cost about NT$48.9 billion, it said.

The bureau has estimated that it would take about 10 minutes to travel from Kaohsiung to Pingtung through either route, which is about 20 minutes faster than existing express train services run by the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

However, regardless of the trajectory, it would take 11 years to build a line, taking into account the time needed to plan it, pass an environmental impact assessment, expropriate land and construct it, the bureau said.
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