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Old October 2nd, 2013, 04:53 PM   #341
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Tue, Oct 01, 2013
Environmentalists protest Universiade forest project
FOLLOWING ORDERS : The Ministry of the Interior has authorized the destruction of woodland in Linkou after receiving approval for the plan from the Executive Yuan
Taipei Times

Environmentalists and local residents yesterday protested outside the Ministry of the Interior against a plan to destroy 16 hectares of woodland in Linkou District (林口), New Taipei City (新北市), to make way for an athletes’ village for the Universiade 2017, an international sporting event for university students, that will be held in Taipei.

Despite opposition from local residents, the ministry — which administers government-owned land — has authorized the Taipei City Government to proceed with the work.

“Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan [李鴻源] vowed to work on flood prevention, disaster prevention and national spatial planning when he took office, however, he has failed to keep his promise with the ongoing plan to clear 16 hectares of woodland using a NT$20 billion [US$67.6 million] budget and replace it with concrete,” Linkou resident Lee Kuan-ci (李冠畿) said.

“We would like to call on the ministry to pay attention to what Taipei City Government is doing on a plot of state-owned woodland, and ask it to suspend work immediately,” the Linkou resident said.

Lee Kuan-ci went on to ask why it was that the ministry had sent an official notice to Taipei City Government to not start the work before the budget passes the Legislative Yuan, yet the ministry does “nothing when the city government started the construction a few days ago with the budget still not passed?”

Pan Han-chiang (潘翰疆), a member of the Taiwan Alliance of Groups for Protection of Trees, said that stopping a project that may lead to future disasters is the best way to prevent disasters.

“Lee Hong-yuan said that Taiwan has very advanced techniques in disaster prevention, but in my opinion, we are better at creating disasters,” Pan said. “The government allows projects to concrete over and destroy natural environments, leading to mudslides and then executes reconstruction or disaster prevention projects through more cementization.”

Responding to the protesters, Construction and Planning Agency’s Public Housing Division director Wang An-chiang (王安強) did not answer the question on the budget, but repeatedly said that the project was approved by the Executive Yuan and the ministry has fully authorized the Taipei City Government to execute the project according to the Executive Yuan’s directions.

“It’s the Taipei City Government that has to work to meet all requirements and make decisions,” Wang said.

In a separate setting, Taipei City Government’s New Construction Office deputy director Lin Chih-feng (林志峰) said that the city government has not yet formally started work.

“The digging people may see on the site is merely to test the bearing capacity of the soil, and the fallen trees were blown down by typhoon,” Lin said.
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Old October 12th, 2013, 06:45 PM   #342
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Taoyuan is No. 1 district for property deals
The area covering the Aerotropolis project and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport saw 1,600 land deals valued at NT$48.5 billion, Sinyi said
12 October 2013
Taipei Times

Taoyuan County topped administrative districts in land deals for the first eight months of this year, suggesting there will be more residential development projects in the area as builders seek to take advantage of growing infrastructure facilities there, a property report showed yesterday.

Land transactions totaled NT$811.6 billion (US$27.52 billion) between January and August, with Taoyuan County accounting for 24.56 percent, or NT$199.3 billion, as the ongoing Taoyuan Aerotropolis project continued to attract property funds, Sinyi Realty Inc said, citing sales figures.

Year-ago deal data are not available, as the government started disclosing transaction details in October last year.

Taoyuan Countys Dayuan Township, where the Aerotropolis project and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport are located, saw 1,600 land deals valued at NT$48.5 billion, outperforming other townships or sub-city level districts, Sinyi said.

The data lend support to continued property momentum in Taoyuan where housing is much more affordable, compared with Taipei and New Taipei City, and more desirable after the mass rapid transit system is extended to the airport, Sinyi researcher Tseng Chin-der said.

The Aerotropolis project, one of the i-Taiwan 12 public construction projects, refers to a 6,000 hectare plot of land near the airport and high-speed railways Taoyuan station to be turned into commercial and residential space, Sinyi said.

Jhongli City and Lujhu Township, two other districts in the county, also did well with NT$40.2 billion and NT$20.9 billion of land deals respectively, ranking second and fourth among townships nationwide, Sinyi said.

Measured by municipalities, Greater Taichung ranked second, with NT$135.6 billion in land transactions as of August, followed by New Taipei City with NT$99.2 billion, Sinyi said.

Greater Kaohsiung reported NT$90.7 billion of land deals during that period and Greater Tainan came next with NT$52 billion, Sinyi said.

In Taipei, where land supply is limited and expensive, transaction volumes lagged behind Miaoli County, Sinyi said.

Demand for land remains strong in Taipei, despite soaring prices, but a lack of supply accounted for the sluggish trade, Tseng said.

Rezoning districts also proved attractive as evidenced by active trading in New Taipei Citys Tamsui District and Linkou District, as well as in Greater Kaohsiungs Gushan District, Sinyi said.
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Old October 17th, 2013, 06:31 PM   #343
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Airport MRT line nearly done: BHSR
Taipei Times

Construction work on more than 90 percent of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line was finished last month, meaning that it is on track to begin operating in 2015, the Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR) said yesterday.

The MRT line was originally scheduled to start operating this month, but construction was delayed due to contract disputes between the project’s turn-key contractor, sub-contractors and equipment suppliers, as well as setbacks installing signal cables.

“Most of the facilities will be finished this year, so the trains can start test runs early next year. All the test runs should be finished by the end of next year and the line is expected to meet the conditions for operation by 2015,” Bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Wu-Hsun (張武訓) said yesterday.

The bureau said that the signal cable installation began in June and has been completed on the line from the A14 station to the A21 station. The cables are currently being installed at the stations on the northern section of the line.

The rail tracks between the A2 and A21 stations were all connected by the end of last year, while work on the electricity supply between these stations was finished in July this year, the bureau said.

It added that 6.6km of track has been laid down between the A2 station and Taipei Railway Station, with the section scheduled to be completed by May next year.

Moreover, all 28 trains for the line arrived at the Cingpu Depot (青埔) in June, so static testing is already being conducted between the A17 and A21 stations, with dynamic testing procedures set to begin in mid-January next year, bureau officials said.

Saying that 90.34 percent of the project had been completed by the end of last month, the bureau said it is confident that the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line can be opened by 2015.

The bureau added that it will also seek compensation from the project’s contractors for not completing their work on time. The contractors may face a fine of NT$12.5 million (US$421,000) per day for each day that has passed since the original deadline of Friday last week.

The MRT line will be 51.03km long when completed and stretch from Taipei Railway Station to Huanbei Station (環北站) in Taoyuan County’s Jhongli (中壢). It will pass through the airport and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp’s Taoyuan Station, and will have a total of 22 stations.
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Old October 29th, 2013, 05:25 PM   #344
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Airport MRT line nearly done: BHSR
16 October 2013
Taipei Times

Construction work on more than 90 percent of the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line was finished last month, meaning that it is on track to begin operating in 2015, the Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR) said yesterday.

The MRT line was originally scheduled to start operating this month, but construction was delayed due to contract disputes between the projects turn-key contractor, sub-contractors and equipment suppliers, as well as setbacks installing signal cables.

Most of the facilities will be finished this year, so the trains can start test runs early next year. All the test runs should be finished by the end of next year and the line is expected to meet the conditions for operation by 2015, Bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Wu-Hsun said yesterday.

The bureau said that the signal cable installation began in June and has been completed on the line from the A14 station to the A21 station. The cables are currently being installed at the stations on the northern section of the line.

The rail tracks between the A2 and A21 stations were all connected by the end of last year, while work on the electricity supply between these stations was finished in July this year, the bureau said.

It added that 6.6km of track has been laid down between the A2 station and Taipei Railway Station, with the section scheduled to be completed by May next year.

Moreover, all 28 trains for the line arrived at the Cingpu Depot in June, so static testing is already being conducted between the A17 and A21 stations, with dynamic testing procedures set to begin in mid-January next year, bureau officials said.

Saying that 90.34 percent of the project had been completed by the end of last month, the bureau said it is confident that the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line can be opened by 2015.

The bureau added that it will also seek compensation from the projects contractors for not completing their work on time. The contractors may face a fine of NT$12.5 million (US$421,000) per day for each day that has passed since the original deadline of Friday last week.

The MRT line will be 51.03km long when completed and stretch from Taipei Railway Station to Huanbei Station in Taoyuan Countys Jhongli. It will pass through the airport and Taiwan High Speed Rail Corps Taoyuan Station, and will have a total of 22 stations.
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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:06 PM   #345
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Beitou gondola plans slammed
The Maokong Gondola has accrued a large deficit and some people are worried that a new construction in Beitou will only add to the problems

8 November 2013
Taipei Times

The Taipei City Government on Monday was accused of badly managing the Maokong Gondola, which has run up a total loss of NT$360 million (US$12.24 million) over the past three years.

The Maokong Gondola is a great money-losing venture. For each days operation, it adds NT$350,000 to its deficit. It loses an average of NT$41 for each passenger, Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City Councilor Wu Su-yao said during a city council question session.

Wu accused the city government of mismanagement and incompetence in operating the gondola, saying it has accumulated NT$360 million in losses since 2010.

She demanded that the city reassess the proposed Beitou gondola project and suggested it be halted.

The plan for the Beitou gondola has been in the works for 20 years, but I see that it is following in the footsteps of the Maokong Gondola, Wu said.

She said that the geology of Beitou District would make the proposed gondola weaker and more risky than the construction in the Maokong area.

The Taipei City Government must put in stringent measures to monitor the process. I suggest that the decision [to build the Beitou gondola] be left to the next mayor, Wu said.

The land designated for the Beitou gondola project has a serious erosion problem, and sulfur from the hot springs and volcanic vents breaks down the rock. People are very worried about the projects safety, she said. The proposed gondola goes through residential neighborhoods and important cultural sites. Even if the project conditionally passed the environmental impact assessment in December, the city government must not slack off on its responsibility to monitor and regulate the process.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin told Wu that the environmental impact assessment report was completed for the Beitou gondola project last year. The project is now proceeding according to the proper regulations, he said.

As for questions about the geology, the city government will uphold its responsibility to oversee and monitor the project, he said.

Wu also said that when the Beitou gondola project was initiated 20 years ago, the aim was to alleviate traffic congestion on Yangde Boulevard, the main road to and from Yangmingshan National Park, but since then changes have been made to improve the traffic flow to and from the park.

Wu added that the city government had bungled the Maokong Gondolas management, saying this was the cause of the deficit and was affecting tourism to the area. She said Hau and city officials basked in the positive publicity from the newborn giant panda Yuan Zai, yet were incapable of formulating good ideas.

We have Yuan Zai the baby panda at the Taipei Zoo attracting much attention, but the city government signed a business collaboration agreement with Japanese company Sanrio for Hello Kitty marketing and merchandizing to promote the Maokong Gondola in an attempt to salvage the operation, Wu said.
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Old November 16th, 2013, 05:18 AM   #346
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The article doesn't say why the Maokong Gondola is losing money. Anyone know? Is the demand not there? Tickets priced too low? Ridership less than expected?
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The article doesn't say why the Maokong Gondola is losing money. Anyone know? Is the demand not there? Tickets priced too low? Ridership less than expected?
Maokong Gondola mired deep in debt
The cable car system, which cost NT$1.3 billion to build, was once the feather in Ma Ying-jeous cap, but its popularity has gone downhill
20 July 2012
Taipei Times

Taipeis Maokong Gondola has accumulated losses of about NT$230 million (US$7.6 million) due to poorly designed cabins and a lack of promotion since 2010, becoming the biggest money-losing transportation form in the capital, according to figures released by the Taipei Rapid Transit Corp (TRTC).

The gondola system, which began operation on July 2007, recorded a NT$98 million annual loss in 2010 and a NT$83 million loss last year, following the systems reopening in 2010 after having been suspended for 18 months due to safety concerns.

In the first half of this year, the system accumulated a NT$50 million deficit, partly due to major maintenance work that shut it down for a month. The systems loss for this year is expected to be as high as NT$100 million.

In light of the mounting losses, the National Audit Office demanded that the Taipei City Government address the matter during an annual report on government spending last year.

The city decided to include the gondolas losses in its Property Development Fund and then use profits made by the Taipei Arena, which, like the gondola, is run by the TRTC, to offset the accumulated deficits.

The Taipei Arena generated NT$130 million in revenue last year, more than enough to balance out the gondola systems losses while still bringing in a NT$60 million surplus to the fund.

Its [so far] feasible to cover losses with the combined profits gained by the companys two businesses, TRTC general manager Tan Gwa-guang said.

President Ma Ying-jeou saw the gondola, which was built during his term as Taipei mayor and cost the city NT$1.3 billion, as his greatest mayoral achievement.

Some said I have achieved nothing during my eight-year tenure as Taipei mayor and only knew how to jog and swim. Now it proves that I also know how to construct a cable car system, Ma said at the gondolas opening ceremony.

The system did enjoy a period of initial success, when all the stations were inundated by scores of people lining up for up to two hours to take a ride on the weekend.

It also recorded a single-day record of 23,000 passengers.

However, the popularity was short-lived, as the system was shut down for 18 months starting in 2008 because of safety concerns after the foundation of a support pillar was eroded during a typhoon.

A wrongful policy is even more horrendous than corruption, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Taipei City Councilor Wang Shih-chien said.

Wang said Ma had rushed to start construction in a bid to appeal to voters.

It turned out that the seeming glory of the system at the time was nothing but a pipe dream, because it was just a money-losing proposition that no private corporation will be willing to take and whose financial distress will only go from bad to worse, Wang said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Taipei City Councilor Lee Ching-yuan blamed the dwindling popularity of the gondola on the lack of action on the part of Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bins administration to build a leisure area.

Taipei City Bureau of Transportation Director Lin Chih-ying, who has served under both Ma and Hau, said that passengers rode the gondola only to try it out.

Because of limitations imposed by land use regulations around the mountainous area of Maokong, we have not developed tourist attractions, Lin said.

The TRTC said it was stepping up promotions, as well as reducing internal expenses, such as personnel and electricity.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 09:04 AM   #348
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That is unfortunate. When I was on it last month it was pretty empty. Pretty ride though. I can see how its more of a gimmick than an effective part of Taipei's transportation grid.
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Note on the left the new MRT Xinyi Line entrance adjacent Taipei 101. The line will open by end of this year : http://english.trtc.com.tw/ct.asp?xI...1752&mp=122032


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The Xinyi line will open this Sunday
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Sun, Nov 17, 2013
New MRT Xinyi Line to launch
Taipei Times

The Taipei metro rail system’s new Xinyi Line — the city’s second east-to-west route after the Bannan Line — is scheduled to begin operations this week.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) is to announce the launch date and discount fare plan tomorrow following the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ final inspection of the line last week, Taipei City Government spokesman Chang Chi-chiang (張其強) said.

The line will integrate with the Tamsui Line and allow passengers to travel directly between Beitou Station and Elephant Mountain Station in about 35 minutes.

Once the line is launched this week, east-to-west cross-city travel times will be shortened, with the journey time between Taipei Main Station and the Taipei 101 Mall estimated to be about 11 minutes.

The line will include seven stations: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dongmen, Daan Park, Daan Station, Xinyi Anhe, Taipei 101-World Trade Center and Elephant Mountain.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station had been planned to be the transfer station for the Xindian line, but the final design reverts to the original plan of a transfer stop at Taipei Main Station instead.

Department of Rapid Transit Systems commissioner Tsai Hui-sheng (蔡輝昇) said the six-minute train intervals on MRT lines will remain unchanged with the launch of the Xinyi Line.

The new line is expected to ease the flow of passengers on the Nankang Line by about 11 percent and reduce passenger flow at Taipei Main Station by about 19 percent, he said.
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MRT Xinyi Line attracts 200,000 on opening day
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Taipei’s MRT Xinyi Line attracted more than 200,000 passengers yesterday on its first day of operation, with major stations including Daan Park and Elephant Mountain stations packed with visitors.

Passengers flocked to the stations along the line, which began operation at 6am yesterday.

Daan Park Station, with an open garden featuring artificial waterfalls and landscapes, was packed with visitors taking pictures and enjoying the views. The lobby was turned into a performance stage at night with concerts.

According to Ling Chi-yao (凌啟堯), director of Taipei Rapid Transit Corp’s public relations division, the ridership of the line reached about 200,000 as of 7pm, and the total ridership of all MRT lines increased to about 260,000 during the day.

Three hundred company staff members were on duty to manage the crowds and explain the transfer routes at 18 major stations, and free guide pamphlets were also offered at every MRT station, he said.

The 6.5km long line, which covers seven stations — Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Dongmen, Daan Park, Daan Station, Xinyi Anhe, Taipei 101-World Trade Center and Elephant Mountain — integrates with the Tamsui Line and allows passengers to travel directly between Beitou and Elephant Mountain stations in about 35 minutes.

For one month, passengers who use an EasyCard are to enjoy free rides along the line, and can also get a 30 percent discount when traveling between the Chungho Line and part of the Tamsui Line between National Taiwan University Hospital and Beitou stations.

With a total budget of NT$39 billion (US$1.3 billion), the Xinyi Line was the second-most expensive MRT line in Taipei following the Chungho Line.

As the line passes through Taipei’s financial and business districts of Xinyi and Daan, the city government allotted a large part of the budget to the design of each station.

Daan Park Station, for example, cost about NT$14 million to build.
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NT$500 bil. to be invested in aerotropolis
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December 11, 2013, 12:30 am TWN

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that the government is aiming to have NT$500 billion invested in the Taoyuan Aerotropolis, adding that the project is expected to generate an output value of NT$2.3 trillion and create 300,000 jobs in Greater Taipei.

The premier made the comments at an event marking the official formation of the Taiwan Intelligent Aerotropolis Association (台灣智慧航空城產業聯盟) which is chaired by Chunghwa Telecom chief Lee Yen-sung (李炎松). Industrial Technology Research Institute President Shyu Jyuo-min (徐爵民) was appointed as deputy chief of the association.

The event was also attended by Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時), Interior Minister Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源), Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Duh Tyzz-jiun (杜紫軍), Taoyuan Magistrate John Wu (吳志揚) and others.

The head of Chunghwa Telecom said that preparatory work for the association's formation lasted only two months, and within those two months, 70 domestic and foreign have joined up, including Chunghwa Telecom (中華電信), China Airlines (華航), EVA Air (長榮航), D-Link Corporation (友訊), Delta Electronics (台達電), Mega Holdings (兆豐金), Marketech International Corp. (帆宣), HTC Corporation (宏達電), Inventec Corporation (英業達), PROMISE Technology (喬鼎), HwaCom Systems (華電網), Lion Travel (雄獅), Farglory Group (遠雄), Cathay United Bank (國泰世華銀行), Microsoft Taiwan (台灣微軟), Taiwan Smart Card Corporation (臺灣智慧卡), Fujitsu Taiwan (台灣富士通) and Hewlett Packard (惠普).

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The premier said that the aerotropolis project is key to Taoyuan's transformation, adding that the project is also closely related to the planned Free Economic Pilot Zones (FEPZs).

The government is currently drawing up a draft for the FEPZs, which will in turn be key to Taiwan's transformation, the premier said, adding that easing regulations on the movement of people, goods and capital within in the zones will be some of the focal points.

If the FEPZs can be successfully established, Taiwan's high-end service industry will be greatly enhanced, Jiang said.
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Police, aerotropolis protesters clash outside meeting
31 December 2013
Taipei Times

Residents and activists against the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project clashed with the police outside the headquarters of the Construction and Planning Agency (CPA) in Taipei yesterday as they were refused admittance to a meeting that was to decide whether their land would be seized by the government.

Holding banners protesting against the Taoyuan Aerotropolis project while chanting slogans asking for the Urban Planning Review Committee to allow them to attend the meeting, local residents who are affected by the project and rights activists supporting them demonstrated outside the agency, as police officers formed a line to block them from entering the complex.

This project will have a huge impact on our lives and properties. Why cant we attend the meeting? a resident asked police officers, but received no response.

After a brief standoff, some demonstrators decided to climb over the wall of the complex, but their attempt failed when police officers held on to their feet, preventing them from moving.

A few minutes later, the committee finally allowed representatives of the protesters to attend the meeting, but they were only given a few minutes to talk and were then told to leave, triggering another wave of protests.

Thousands of hectares of private land is to be seized to build a third runway for Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, but we really doubt the necessity of it with the declining numbers of passengers and flights using the airport, Chan Hsien-chang, spokesman for the Taoyuan Aerotropolis Self-Help Association, told the meeting.

Even if its absolutely necessary, do we really need to pick an option that would affect the largest number of residents? Chan asked.

Chan went on to allege that the entire project is to benefit big corporations with connections in the government, as the second phase of the project involves the construction of commercial and industrial centers, while some local politicians are also proposing building a casino resort.

The details of the project are yet to be drawn up and it is not due to start for another 20 years, so why the hurry to take our land? Chan asked.

Deputy Minister of the Interior Hsiao Chia-chi, who presided over the meeting, did not offer a response.

Soon after Chan and the other representatives had spoken, they were asked to leave.

Another protester, Pan Chung-cheng, refused to leave the building and was forcibly removed by police officers.

The committee approved the project at about noon, but the residents only learned about it hours later when they were asked to comment by reporters.

They vowed to continue their resistance to the project.
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Historic Grand Hotel sees major internal renovations
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January 17, 2014

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TAIPEI -- At 62 years old, Taipei's landmark Grand Hotel is undergoing its first-ever full internal renovation, with work expected to be complete by September of this year, Grand Hotel Chairman Lee Chien-jung said yesterday.

The building's traditional Chinese facade sits perched on a hill above the city, where it has offered its panoramic views to important guests including presidents and foreign dignitaries.

The hotel begun renovations in November last year, overhauling guest rooms and the Golden Dragon and Chi-lin Halls at a cost of NT$600 million (US$20 million), Lee said.
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Fri, Jan 24, 2014
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Airport express service speed to be kept at 90kph

The travel time for trains on the under-construction line between Taipei Main Station and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is to be kept at 35 minutes, according to the Bureau of High Speed Rail.

The bureau had submitted an analysis report on the difference of the environmental impact of the Airport Rail to the environmental impact assessment committee due to the changes made in the system’s operational design. The committee gave its initial approval of the changes on Wednesday.

Media reported that the changes in the railway system would shorten the travel time from the Taipei Main Station to Terminal One at Taoyuan Airport to half an hour, which would meet President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) expectations of the system.

The bureau’s deputy chief engineer Rao Kuo-jeng (饒國政) said yesterday that the travel time between the two stations would remain unchanged.

“The operational speed of the railway system is to be kept at 90kph, and it will only be elevated to 100kph whenever there is a delay,” he said.

According to the bureau, the operational speed of the Airport Rail was set at 80kph when the committee reviewed the environmental impact report in 2004. In 2006, the operational speed was changed to 90kph when the bureau signed a contract with the contractor, with the maximum speed on the rail system being 110kph.

Because of the elevation in speed, the bureau had proposed to build more acoustic partitions along the route to allay concerns over noise pollution, Rao said.

Rao said that 95 percent of the civil engineering work for the Airport Rail system has been completed.

The rail system is scheduled to be operational by the end of next year, he said.
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Wed, Feb 05, 2014
Taoyuan airport rail project to start this month: bureau
EXTENSION : Despite a one year delay, the goal of completing the airport railway project remains unchanged, the Bureau of High Speed Rail said

After six failed bids, construction of an extended line of the Taoyuan airport rail is to be launched this month, according to the Bureau of High Speed Rail (BHSR).

The Airport Rail is designed mainly to connect Taipei Main Station and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.

In 2010, the Executive Yuan approved the project to extend the airport rail from Taoyuan Airport to Jhungli (中壢) Railway Station.

Construction of the extended line was scheduled to begin at the end of 2012 and to be completed by June 2018.

However, it was delayed after the tender failed to attract any bidders.

After six unsuccessful attempts, the bureau decided to hold separate bids for the civil engineering part of the project and that of the electrical engineering.

The former was won by Continental Engineering Corp (大陸工程) in November last year, and it is scheduled to begin construction after the Lunar New Year holiday.

As for the public tender for the electrical engineering part of the project, the bureau said that it is scheduled to hold another bidding session for contractors in the middle of this year.

Though the construction was delayed by one year, the goal of completing the project by June 2018 remains unchanged, the bureau said.

Minister of the Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) had said that the government aims to first get the section between Taipei Railway Station and Taoyuan Airport become operational by the end of next year.

The bureau said that it had begun testing trains operating on this section last month.
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