By: Wang Chao-yu and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Nov. 29 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Sunday
that the completion of a mass rapid transit line between Taipei and the county’s main airport has been delayed because of the construction design and a scheme by property speculators along the route to maximize profits.
The design of the line includes too many stations between Taipei City and Taoyuan International Airport, Ko said, expressing doubts that the one-way travel time will be 35 minutes as touted.
The other problem is that conglomerates are trying to hold on to undeveloped land along the line in a bid to maximize their profits from eventual sale of those assets, Ko said.
That is why the project is behind schedule, he said. [FULL STORY]