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Old November 1st, 2016, 04:51 AM   #141
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Nov. 01, 2016
Railway site maintenance up to DGH, Taoyuan says

The Taoyuan City Government said that maintenance of the remaining section of the first railway to be built in the nation, located in the city’s Gueishan District (龜山), is not its responsibility, but that of the Directorate-General of Highways (DGH).

The city was responding to a comment by Taoyuan City Councilor Fan Kang-hsiang (范綱祥) of the Democratic Progressive Party, who raised the issue during a council session on Thursday, saying that the Gueilunling Railway Section heritage site is ill-maintained, shows signs of structural damage and is covered with trash.

Taoyuan is home to only 17 heritage sites out of the 815 across the nation and should exert more effort to care for the few it has, Fan said.

The site was part of a railway line connecting Taipei to Hsinchu that was built by then-Taiwan governor Liu Ming-chuan (劉銘傳) in 1893.

Despite being named a county-designated heritage site in 2008 — and later upgraded to a city-designated heritage site following Taoyuan’s elevation to a special municipality in 2014 — Fan said the site had not been given due care.

As the railway section is close to a river, the trash littering the site might contaminate the water, he said, adding that parts of the railway on the Second Jianshan Bridge (尖山) show signs of structural damage, which might cause the entire section to collapse if it is not reinforced.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 03:08 PM   #142
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Old November 24th, 2016, 04:34 PM   #146
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Old December 11th, 2016, 12:27 PM   #148
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Is there a plan for new route expansion of Taiwan railway?
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Old December 14th, 2016, 12:02 PM   #150
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Old December 15th, 2016, 10:13 AM   #151
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Is there a plan for new route expansion of Taiwan railway?
All that I know of at the moment is the plan to build a shortcut on the northeastern line between Nangang and Yilan. Currently all rains both express and local traverse the congested coastal line that goes through Ruifang, Fulong, Waiao etc. The TRA want to build a more direct route after trains leave Nangang. This route would see express trains skip all of the northeastern coastal line and get to Yilan much quicker than they currently do
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All that I know of at the moment is the plan to build a shortcut on the northeastern line between Nangang and Yilan. Currently all rains both express and local traverse the congested coastal line that goes through Ruifang, Fulong, Waiao etc. The TRA want to build a more direct route after trains leave Nangang. This route would see express trains skip all of the northeastern coastal line and get to Yilan much quicker than they currently do
Hmm .. they should have built rail capability as an add-on to the vehicular tunnel between Taipei and Yilan.

I opted to take one of the frequent buses between Xinyi district and Yilan, then hop on the train there to Hualien.
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Dec. 25, 2016
Taiwan, India ink railway heritage deal
SOUTHERN EXPERIENCE : Officials said that they would learn from India, as they push for the Alishan Forest Railway to be included among world heritage sites
Taipei Times with CNA Excerpt

Taiwan and India yesterday in Chiayi signed a letter of intent to cooperate over railway heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India director James Tien (田中光) and Sriharan Madhusudhanan, director of the India-Taipei Association, signed the letter on behalf of their respective governments.

The ministry said that Taiwan and India each constructed mountain railways in the late 19th century and early 20th century, including the Alishan Forest Railway in Chiayi and systems such as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Kalka Shimla Railway and the Nilgiri Mountain Railway in India.

Through the letter the two nations would further engage in cooperation for the protection, safeguarding and management of their mountain railway heritage, the ministry said.

The letter is the third bilateral document signed by Taiwan and India this year, following an air services agreement and a memorandum of understanding on agricultural cooperation.

The letter is part of the Taipei’s “new southbound policy” of sharing resources and promoting cultural exchanges and cooperation with nations in Southeast Asia, as well as India, New Zealand and Australia.

The letter will advance the tourism industries in Taiwan and India, the ministry said.

Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Weng Chang-liang (翁章梁) said that UNESCO has registered five railways as world heritages, all of which are alpine railways and three of which are in India.

The council will learn from India’s experience in a bid to push for the Alishan Forest Railway to be included among the world heritage sites, Weng said.
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Huzzah!

Excellent news for everyone as the railways start to work together.
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Feb 9, 2017
MOTC condemns TRA strike
MADE AWARE : The TRA has defended its three-shift rotor system, saying that it has been in place since 1988 and has been approved by the Taipei City Government
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The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said that while it is committed to improving working conditions for Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) workers, it cannot condone a strike held over the Lunar New Year holiday that was meant to disrupt railway operations.

Ministry of Transportation and Communications Deputy Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said that 370 Taiwan Railway Union members took days off during the holiday period to protest what they perceive to be deteriorating labor conditions.

The TRA said it would determine the fate of those workers at a disciplinary committee meeting, adding that some people could lose their jobs for failing to request leave.

The union said that it has planned to mobilize 200 union members to protest at the ministry’s office in Taipei today.

“The union knows that the ministry is in the process of addressing their appeals. However, the union still launched strike action and caused panic among the general public, which is why the workers must be penalized,” Wang said.

Regarding the union’s request to reform the TRA’s three-shift work schedule, Wang said that the railway operator has used the system since 1988, following negotiations between workers and management as required by the Labor Standards Act (勞動基準法).

The work schedule has been approved by the Taipei Department of Labor, Wang said.

“Railway workers are told about the three-shift work schedule when they apply for a job, which is a specific requirement that is clearly listed in the registration manual,” Wang said.

The Ministry of Labor said that the TRA’s three-shift work schedule does not contravene the new labor laws, Wang added.
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