By: Chen Wei-ting and Kuo Chung-han
Taipei, Jan. 13 (CNA) The government will study the feasibility of three different options in extending the high-speed rail line to Taiwan’s southernmost Pingtung County, a Bureau of High Speed Rail official said on Friday.
The bureau made the announcement after Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Meng-an (潘孟安) proposed that the high-speed rail system go beyond its final terminus of Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung to serve Pingtung and improve the country’s transportation network.
The high-speed rail shares Zuoying Station with the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA), which runs more than two dozen commuter trains between its Xinzuoying Station and the towns of Pingtung and Chaozhou in Pingtung County a day.
There are also faster Tzu-chiang express trains that go as far as Chaozhou, but they usually stop at the main Kaohsiung Station rather than Xinzuoying Station, making connections with the high-speed rail line less convenient. [FULL STORY]