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Old July 8th, 2019, 10:55 PM   #361
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Old July 13th, 2019, 01:45 PM   #362
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Government still considering route for high-speed rail extension to Pingtung
July 12, 2019
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The government is still evaluating all possible routes for the high-speed rail’s extension from Kaohsiung to Pingtung, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday, adding that people should not focus on supply and demand and overlook other possible benefits.

The ministry previously conducted feasibility research for two possible high-speed rail extension routes to Pingtung, with one beginning at the high-speed rail system’s train depot in Kaohsiung’s Yanchao District (燕巢) and the other at Kaohsiung’s Zuoying District (左營).

Both routes would have ended in Pingtung’s Liukuaicuo (六塊厝), and would have cost NT$75.6 billion and NT$61.9 billion (US$2.44 billion and US$2 billion), respectively.

However, the two proposed routes were in April rejected by experts on a review committee as it would take more than 30 years to recover the costs after either one of the extension routes were completed.

he committee also said that the ministry should take national spatial planning into consideration when proposing routes.

The ministry then proposed two new routes, with one going to from Zuoying to Taiwan Railway Administration’s (TRA) Pingtung Station via the TRA’s Kaohsiung Station and the other going from Zuoying to Pingtung’s Chaozhou Station via Kaohsiung International Airport.

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Old July 24th, 2019, 09:12 PM   #363
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Old July 25th, 2019, 07:40 PM   #364
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Old July 26th, 2019, 04:20 PM   #365
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THSRC benefits from rail travel push by government

With the government actively promoting rail travel, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC) said that its spring travel package sales exceeded its target by 50 percent.

The company had set a target of selling 40,000 travel packages, but easily sold 60,000 packages.

Taipei also made it to the top three best-selling destinations for the first time — a list usually dominated by Kaohsiung, Tainan and Taichung, the company said.

The Tourism Bureau, in collaboration with the Taiwan Visitors Association, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), THSRC, the Forestry Bureau and tourism operators, on July 13 established a “rail travel association” to promote rail travel.

Aside from marketing railway travel in Taiwan, the association also promoted exchanges with similar organizations abroad, the THSRC said.

The Tourism Bureau plans to make 2022 the “year of railway travel,” it added.

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Old July 28th, 2019, 05:59 PM   #366
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Old July 30th, 2019, 02:33 PM   #367
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Jul 30, 2019
A Pingtung high-speed rail is not the answer
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The government has proposed that the high-speed rail be extended from Kaohsiung to Pingtung County. A dispassionate discussion of the issue shows that extending the high-speed rail to the southernmost city is unlikely to help Pingtung residents going north.

A projection of the number of passengers taking the high-speed train from Pingtung after an extension would not be very high, as a train running through Pingtung would be categorized as an “all-stop” train that stops at every station; it would likely take more than three hours to travel from Pingtung to Taipei.

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) provides train services between Kaohsiung’s Zuoying District (左營) and Pingtung, and the fastest trains only take about half an hour. The main problem is the lack of timetable coordination between the TRA and the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp (THSRC), which means that the TRA train services fail to serve as a shuttle to and from the high-speed train.

An express high-speed train runs from Zuoying to Taipei five minutes before every hour. If a person took a TRA train at 9:10am in Pingtung and arrived in Zuoying at 9:40am, they would have sufficient time to transfer to the THSRC for the high-speed train departing for Taipei at 9:55am — as the TRA and the THSRC stations in Zuoying are housed together — and would arrive in Taipei at 11:30am.

The whole trip would only take about two hours, 20 minutes — about 40 minutes faster than the planned “all-stop” high-speed train from Pingtung to Taipei.

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Old August 2nd, 2019, 07:54 PM   #368
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Old August 25th, 2019, 10:24 AM   #370
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Old September 10th, 2019, 06:24 PM   #371
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Government to extend high-speed rail to Pingtung: Premier
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Sep 10 (CNA) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) on Tuesday announced that the government has decided to extend the high-speed rail line to Pingtung County in response to long standing calls from local lawmakers wanting to boost travel to Taiwan's southernmost county.

Su made the announcement during an inspection tour in Pingtung, saying the High Speed Rail (HSR) will go beyond its current terminus of Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung to serve Pingtung.

For years, Pingtung-elected lawmakers had urged the government to extend the HSR to their county to boost travel and business.

However, scholars have questioned the business logic of such an extension due to relatively low demand in Pingtung.

Su said the decision will improve the islandwide transportation network and further boost the nation's competitiveness.

Facing criticism that the announcement is an election campaign giveaway, Su said the decision had nothing to do with the presidential and legislative elections in January.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) echoed Su's statement at a separate press event, saying the extension of the HSR to Pingtung is part of a comprehensive development plan for the country to create an integrated transportation network around the island.

As the majority shareholder in the HSR, Taiwan's government has the ability to "guide" company decisions.

Meanwhile, Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said the ministry is scheduled to review four possible extension routes at upcoming meeting later this month.

The ministry previously conducted feasibility studies on two possible high-speed rail routes to Pingtung, with one beginning at the HSR train depot in Kaohsiung's Yanchao District and the other at its Zuoying station, both involving an elevated railway.

The estimated cost of the routes was NT$56.1 billion (US$1.78 billion) and NT$55.4 billion, respectively.
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Sep 11, 2019
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Alliance slams Pingtung City rail line plan
DEVELOPMENT: A location in central Pingtung County makes more sense, as there is more room to grow and a station could be a terminus, not just a branch line

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government made a political decision when it decided to extend the Taiwan High Speed Rail line from Kaohsiung’s Zuoying District (左營) to Pingtung City, an alliance advocating extending the high-speed rail system to Pingtung County said yesterday.

The decision would hinder the development of Pingtung County and live the county’s residents bearing the dire consequences.

The alliance also issued a statement on Monday night after learning that Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) was to announce the government’s decision yesterday.

Alliance members heard the government might support the proposal to extend the rail line from Zuoying to the Taiwan Railways Administration’s Lioukuaicuo Rail Station in Pingtung City as this was the cheapest of the three rail-extension proposals and would mean fewer relocations of homes, it said.

The government simply decided to extend the high-speed line because it said it would do so, and it lied to the public when it said the Lioukuaicuo station area had more land on which to build a High-Speed Rail station, the alliance said.

County residents know that central Pingtung County has more space to build compared with its northern region, and if the government is determined to extend the rail line to Pingtung City, it should consider the problems that would be generated by the flow of traffic and people, it said.

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Taiwan High Speed Rail shares extend losses on Pingtung extension plan
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Taipei, Sept. 11 (CNA) Shares in Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC), the sole high speed railway operator in the country, extended losses from the previous session early Wednesday amid worries over the company's bottom line, after the Cabinet announced Tuesday the high-speed rail line will be extended to Pingtung County, dealers said.

Despite the decision, details about the new route, including construction and fund allocation remain unclear, which prompted concerned investors to continue to dump the stock, they said.

Shares in THSRC fell 1.63 percent to close at NT$36.30 (US$1.16) with 21.75 million shares changing hands on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE), where the benchmark weighted stock ended up 0.34 percent at 10,790.35 points Wednesday.

Wednesday's trading volume even surpassed the 13.8 million shares traded on Tuesday, when the stock lost 2.64 percent after Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said the high speed rail system will go beyond its current terminus of Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung to serve Pingtung.

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$1.75bn, 10-year project on southern end will use cars with shinkansen technology


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Taiwan will add a new section to the south end of the high-speed railway traversing the island's western coast, its premier said Tuesday, a move likely to create opportunities for builders and newly served areas.

Four routes are under consideration for the extension from Kaohsiung to the southern county of Pingtung. Speaking at the proposed new terminus, Su Tseng-chang said the project would serve to combine the flow of people and goods and make Taiwan as a whole more competitive. The project is forecast to take at least a decade and cost at least 55.4 billion New Taiwan dollars ($1.77 billion).

The timing of the announcement has raised speculation that the government in Taipei is seeking to build support ahead of elections through promoting economic development in the island's south. The project is of particular interest to Japanese companies, who have provided shinkansen bullet-train technology, as well as all the rolling stock, for Taiwan's high-speed railway.

The least costly proposal, seen as a leading plan, involves extending the line 17.5 km to the east from its current terminus at Kaohsiung's Zuoying Station to a new station about 15 minutes' ride away. Pingtung, located on the island's southern coast, is a heavily agricultural county with a population of just over 800,000. Officials there and people related to the project intend to leverage the extension to develop tourism and attract industry to the area.
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Rather than extending it in the south to Pingtung, wouldn't extending it in the north to Keelung make more sense?
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High speed rail extension cost affordable: DGBAS chief
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Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) The estimated NT$55.4 billion (US$1.79 billion) cost of extending the high-speed rail line from its current southern terminus in Kaohsiung to Pingtung County is affordable, the head of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics (DGBAS) said Monday.

Chu Tzer-ming (朱澤民) was responding to questions from lawmakers during a hearing of the Legislative Yuan Finance Committee that was attended by officials in finance, national development and transportation, as well as Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) Chairman Chiang Yao-chung (江耀宗).

They were invited by the committee to report on the much-debated extension project announced by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) last month.

Critics have branded the project a waste of money and a ploy by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to attract votes in the presidential and legislative elections set for January 2020.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications has estimated that building a 17.5-kilometer extension line from the high speed rail's Zuoying Station to Liukuaicuo Station on the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) Pingtung line, which is one stop west of the TRA's Pingtung Station, will cost at least NT$55.4 billion, not including the cost of purchasing rolling stock.

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