First section of Taichung’s elevated train line opens

President Tsai Ing-wen participated in an opening ceremony for a new section of elevated rail tracks in Taichung, Taiwan's third-largest city.

The pre-existing rail line had cut straight through Taiwan's central city, essentially cutting the city in half for 111 years. The plan to elevate 21.7 km of tracks between Fengyuan in the north and Taching to the south, will eliminate 17 rail crossings, 18 underground tunnels, and three bridges. The project also involves raising parts of five train stations to accommodate the elevated line and helping connect parts of the city which were previously separated by the rail tracks.

Taichung station saw the final train departing on the original tracks on Saturday night at 9pm. It then welcomed the first train arriving on the new tracks at 6:30am on Sunday morning.

At the opening on Sunday, President Tsai said that the old tracks had presided over the last 100 years of Taichung's development. She said that the inauguration of Taichung's new train station created the foundation for the next 100 years of the city's development.

Meanwhile, Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said that he was looking forward to the new elevated train line connecting to the metro, buses and i-Bike public bicycle system, creating a brand new Greater Taichung.

Source: Radio Taiwan International