Taichung Station’s Elevated Railway Opened to Traffic on October 16 (2016)
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Railway Reconstruction Bureau
On October 16 (2016), the Railway Reconstruction Bureau (RRB), Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held a Railway Opening Celebration, as the first phase of the Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project was recently opened to traffic. Taichung City residents, who have been waiting in anticipation for elevated railway engineering to be finished ever since the project started 10 years ago, were able to take the first northbound train to go onto the elevated railway on the morning of October 16. On that same day, the new Taichung (Train) Station also opened its doors to travelers for the first time. The 110-year-old at-grade (flat) railway tracks and old Taichung (Train) Station have stepped out of the spotlight, and the city residents who witnessed the historic moment saw Taichung’s railway officially forge into the elevated era. President Tsai Ing-wen, MOTC Minister Ho Chen, Tan, RRB Acting Director General Allen Hu, and Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-Lung served as the hosts of the event, which celebrated Taichung’s elevated railway engineering section being opened to traffic. President Tsai expressed that the city’s old railway tracks allowed the city to experience development that lasted for a century. After acknowledging that the elevated railway will connect the front and back of the station as well as link the metropolitan area together, Taiwan’s president added that the elevated railway is a symbol for Taichung’s own development crossing over into a new phase. This new phase should help the city enjoy development based on a foundation that will hold strong for the next 100 years. The Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project is 21.7km long, and it will allow for the removal of 17 level crossings, 18 underpasses, and 3 viaducts. It also has created space for 42 hectares of green pathways. Overall, the project will provide the metropolitan area with fast and convenient train transportation, balanced urban development, better value when it comes to land use, and a more efficient economy. In the last 100 years, Taichung Station has served as the door in and out of the city, as it has been a transportation hub for travelers heading both north and south. The first phase of the Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project switched the at-grade railway tracks onto the viaduct (elevated railway bridge) at the same time as the following five elevated train stations were opened: Fengyuan Station, Tanzi Station, Taiyuan Station, Taichung Station, and Daqing Station. Furthermore, the construction team made sure to stay true to Taichung Station’s modern and international style. The second phase of the project involves removing the at-grade railway tracks, landscaping the area underneath the viaduct, and adding five commuter stations: Lilin Station, Toujiacuo Station, Songzhu Station, Jingwu Station, and Wuquan Station. The Taichung Metropolitan Area Elevated Railway Project is a monumental transportation infrastructure construction effort; with Taichung City residents having high expectations for it, the RRB seeks to complete phase two engineering while meeting previously determined deadlines and quality standards.