MOTC mulls railway track expansions

FASTER TRAIN TRAVEL: The transport ministry’s planned upgrades to sections throughout Taiwan, to be finished by 2027, are under review at the Executive Yuan

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 21, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

The first Puyuma Express train to run from Taitung to Pingtung counties on the South Link Line runs along the east coast yesterday.
Photo provided by trainspotter Lao Hou via CNA

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) yesterday said it is studying the feasibility of upgrading certain single-track railway sections to dual tracks, after the electrification of all Taiwan’s major railways has been completed.

The South Link Line became fully electrified yesterday after seven years of construction.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) marked the occasion with a ride on a Puyuma Express train from Taichung Railway Station to Taimali Station (太麻里) in Taitung County, accompanied by Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) and Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).

Travelers would no longer need to change from electric express trains to diesel-powered trains when transferring to the South Link Line, Tsai said at a ceremony in Taitung.

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