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Old March 30th, 2017, 02:57 PM   #161
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Wed, Mar 29, 2017
New TRA announcement policy aimed at migrants
NINE STATIONS : Platform and departure information in Indonesian and Vietnamese will be aired at stations that see large numbers of migrant workers over weekends
Taipei Times Excerpt

Starting on Saturday, Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) public announcements will also be made in Indonesian and Vietnamese at nine railway stations, mostly along the west coast, agency officials said yesterday.

These stations are in Taipei, New Taipei City’s Banciao District (板橋), Taoyuan, Taoyuan’s Jhungli District (中壢), Taichung, Changhua, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, which have been identified as ones that are frequently used by migrant workers from Southeast Asian countries.

The majority of migrant workers are from Indonesia and Vietnam, so announcements in Indonesian and Vietnamese would be broadcast inside the stations on weekends, when migrant workers usually gather to meet friends.

The announcements will be platform information for departing trains and safety instructions, while Indonesian and Vietnamese-speaking volunteers will also be at the visitor centers in these stations on weekends, the TRA said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Li-chan (林麗禪), a Cambodian immigrant of Chinese descent, helped make the announcement service available, the agency said.

Having lived in Taiwan for almost two decades, Lin said she pushed for such services because Taiwan is now home to about 500,000 immigrants, some of whom want to contribute to local society, while the number of migrant workers has reached 630,000, and most depend heavily on the railway system.
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Old April 9th, 2017, 06:09 AM   #162
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Fri, Apr 07, 2017
Railways union urges ministry to stand up to TRA
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The Ministry of Labor should stand up to the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) over the enforcement of labor rules, the Taiwan Railways Union said yesterday, accusing the agency of disrespecting the ministry’s Unfair Labor Practices Adjudication Board.

About 20 union members and labor rights advocates joined the board’s first hearing on the TRA’s response to union members “taking a legal holiday” during the Lunar New Year holiday.

“The Taiwan Railways Administration should wait for the board’s ruling before making any decision. If it continues to mark our members as being absent without leave, even if the board rules to the contrary, that would be tantamount to holding the board’s ruling in contempt,” union president Wang Jieh (王傑) said, criticizing TRA Director-General Jason Lu’s (鹿潔身) statement that the agency would hand out demerits to union members regardless of the board’s ruling.

Union members refused to work during the Lunar New Year holiday to protest the agency’s refusal to consider shift changes, saying they were entitled to time off during the national holiday.

Lu has said that while the agency would wait until after the board’s ruling to announce the names of those who will be punished, its decision will be based solely on the ruling of an internal employee evaluation committee, with 331 union members to be given major or minor demerits.

Wang said the agency’s shift structure has no legal foundation following the expiration of an administrative rule.

He called on the ministry to push for shift reform.

The union says that the system denies them a “mandatory rest day,” because the revolving shift structure includes no guaranteed day off.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 06:06 AM   #163
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Apr 11, 2017
MOTC boss should focus on seamless travel before ticket changes: pundits
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Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan’s (賀陳旦) proposal to reform Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) ticket prices was yesterday queried by transportation experts, who said he should ensure that there is a seamless transition between different transport systems and plan for the development of the public transportation systems nationwide before discussing lowering ticket fares.

Hochen revealed his plan to amend the Railway Act (鐵路法) in a recent interview with the Chinese-language Liberty Times (Taipei Times’ sister newspaper).

He said the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ (MOTC) draft amendment would allow the TRA and other railway operators to charge passengers based on the train cabins they want.

Hochen said a railroad could divide cabins into business class, economy class and tourism cabins and set different ticket prices based on operational costs.

International visitors might be charged more on railway lines that are primarily designed for tourism, he added.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail system has business and economy-class cabins as well as different pricing for reserved and unreserved seats.

Lee Ker-tsung (李克聰), an associate professor at Feng Chia University’s department of transportation technology and management, said the ministry should focus on improving the quality of train services before deciding to impose differential rates.

“People are more likely to think that it is worth it if they pay 20 percent or 30 percent more to access a better service,” Lee said.

The Society of Railway and National Planning Taiwan also criticized the proposal, saying that the ministry should not focus on changing the TRA’s ticket scheme.
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Old April 23rd, 2017, 05:56 PM   #164
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No burden in TRA price raise: minister
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Ticket fare adjustments for the Taiwan Railways Administration’s (TRA) services will not greatly increase the burden on commuters, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) promised on Thursday, adding that it would consult the pricing scheme of each locality’s public transport system before finalizing its plan to raise prices.

Hochen made the statement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee, during which lawmakers were scheduled to unfreeze the budget allocated to some agencies of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Much discussion at the meeting focused on the TRA’s proposed adjustment of railway ticket prices, which have not changed for 26 years.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Lee Kun-tse (李昆澤) said the administration’s commuter trains are used by 500,000 people daily, while Tzuchiang-class express trains are used by about 100,000 passengers.

He said that the ministry must be extremely cautious when it adjusts prices, as they particularly affect those who need to commute to work or school by train, adding that the ministry should ensure that commuters could quickly transfer from TRA lines to other public transport systems and would be given discounts if they do so.
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Hallo, I would be pleased if someone could answer me to the question, what is the maximum speed on narrow gauge in Taiwan.(Taroko express?) Thank You very much.
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Hallo, I would be pleased if someone could answer me to the question, what is the maximum speed on narrow gauge in Taiwan.(Taroko express?) Thank You very much.
Max service speed is 130km/hr.
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Sat, Aug 12, 2017
Taipei court orders train bomber to pay TRA NT$6.8m
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The Taipei District Court yesterday ordered Lin Ying-chang (林英昌) to pay the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) NT$6.8 million (US$223,994) for causing extensive damage when he set off a bomb in a train in Taipei.

Lin, 56, on July 7 last year set off a homemade pipe bomb inside a commuter train near Songshan Railway Station, injuring 25 people, including himself.

The Taipei District Court on Feb. 22 sentenced him to 30 years in jail for attempted murder and illegal use of explosives.

The Taiwan High Court on Aug. 1 reduced the sentence to 29 years and 10 months in prison.

The court dismissed the defense’s argument that Lin has manic depression and did not intend to harm others.

The TRA filed a lawsuit seeking damages, despite Lin’s pleas for an out-of-court settlement and for a lower compensation amount.

The court yesterday said that Lin, who has tonsil cancer, purchased the firecrackers in Miaoli County in April last year.

Additional Reporting by CNA
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