Taipei, Taiwan's high speed rail system was operating normally on Tuesday and has yet to announce any suspension of service as Super Typhoon Maria heads toward Taiwan.
Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) said it has set up an emergency center to deal with potential problems arising from the storm around the clock but that as of noon Tuesday, operations were normal.
The operator of Taiwan's north-south high-speed rail line said it is monitoring the typhoon's movement and will announce before 8 p.m. its plans for Wednesday.
The Taiwan Railways Administration said, meanwhile, that its trains will operate as scheduled until 4 p.m. Changes to its schedule after that because of the typhoon will be announced at around noon Tuesday.
As of 11 a.m., Maria was 460 kilometers east of Yilan moving at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, but was not yet directly affecting Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
Judging from the storm's current path, it is unlikely to make landfall in Taiwan but its periphery will likely start to affect the northern and northeastern part of Taiwan on Tuesday evening, the bureau said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel