January 08, 2013

Go-ahead for Taiwanese light rail project

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TAIWAN's Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) approved plans on January 7 for the construction of the first phase of a light rail line serving the Danshui district of New Taipei City, paving the way for construction to begin later this year.

The initial phase totals 9.6km and comprises the Green Mountain Line, which will link Hongshulin station on the Taipei Metro Tamsui Line to Danhai New Township with 11 stations, and a three-station branch to Danshui Fisherman's Wharf, which will be known as the Blue Ocean Line. The $NT 12.8bn ($US 439m) project is due to be completed in 2018.

A second phase totalling 4.4km is also expected to open by 2023, and the network will have capacity for around 120,000 passengers per day.

The CEPD previously considered extending the metro to Danhai before adopting light rail as its preferred option.

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