"NEW" stations? What does this mean? Don't those stations exist already? Are they getting a redesign?
Nangang is also supposed to be "new" station, but it's underground so the design will probably be something along the lines of Taipei Main Station or Banqiao Station.no they're NEW stations. they havent been built yet. hence, NEW.
oh i didnt mean to add hsinchu in the heading. was a typo. moderator, please delete hsinchu from the title, thanks!
They will adjust and add additional stopping patterns, so it shouldn't affect travel time all that much (assuming you get on the right train).what I don't like the most about the new stations are that it's going to slow down my travel time from taipei to tainan...
They're not going to make all trains stop at every station. Even now, they have multiple operating routes to optimize efficiency and stopping patterns.having 3 new stations will mess up the scheduling time. I want to see how they will schedule trips to have better efficiency
According to their website, trains are 98-100% on time: http://www.thsrc.com.tw/tc/about/ab_operate_annual.aspTheir scheduling doesn't seem to be efficient even now. When I took the train in May, it had a scheduled stop at Taichung station for 6 minutes! Why is it that long? No freaking idea. The passengers boarded the train in about 30 seconds to one minute. No need for such a long stop imo.
Actually every express from Zuoying to Taipei will pass the non-express along the way. which means if the train behind is late, it has to wait longer. The timetable is designed that way. However, since every train stops at Taichung, for your case it is probably due to some other reason.Japanese shinkansen is a totally different story. I lived in both Taipei and Tokyo and took the THSR and Shinkansen. In Japan there are simply too many trains, so the slower ones often need to wait at the stations for the skip-stop services (Hikari, Nozomi) to pass. This, however, doesn't happen that often in Taiwan since the service is not as frequent (although it does happen, it wasn't the case in Taichung. Too bad I don't remember what time it was, I just remember it was between 7 and 8 PM).
As for the stations being close to each other - well, Taiwan is really tiny, yet pretty densely populated. If you want to give people in Changhua and Yunlin counties access to the high speed rail, you gotta build the station this close.
To me what's more important is the extension from Zuoying anywhere closer to Kaohsiung's city centre. If Kaohsiung main station is hard to reach, then just build it somewhere else. I just always find it so annoying that the trip from Taipei is so fast, but you spent so much time getting anywhere from Zuoying. Even despite the MRT.
Because if the HSR wants to compete with normal trains or other means of transport, it has to be easily accessible to people. Otherwise, if they need to first take a long ride by bus or train from the city centre to the HSR station, they'll choose another way of getting to their destination. That was the case in Taichung for a long time, when you needed to take the stupid shuttle bus, 'cause the station was so far away. Same in Hsinchu, where there was nothing around the station for a long time. Thankfully, now the areas has developed hugely and the station doesn't look like it's been built in the middle of nowhere.if taiwan is such a tiny country, then why do they need so many stations?
Yeah, money's always the issue. Everywhere. ><nemu said:THSR did not extend to Kaohsiung for cost reasons. TRA is current putting its entire segment underground however i believe there is no provision for HSR. You should be able to cut down on travel time to Kaohsiung once the grade separation work is completed.