Words from the Minister
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications is in charge of the administration and business of transportation countrywide, covering transport, tourism, meteorology, and postal services. It is responsible for the formulation of transport policies, laws and regulations, and the supervision of business and its implementation. The Ministry shoulders the tasks of promoting domestic transport infrastructure and providing high-quality and travel services. Under the joint efforts of all team members, various projects have shown tangible results. In the future, the Ministry will continue to carry out essential tasks, draft transportation policies, and continue to work towards the following eight key projects to live up to the vision and momentum for public services.
I. Completing the corporatization of Taiwan Railways
Under the premise of ensuring traffic safety and employee rights and interests, the organization of Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will be adjusted. It is estimated that the state-owned Taiwan Railway Co., Ltd. will be established in 2024. With the company organization and modern enterprise management, the rights and interests of employees will be protected, and a good personnel selection system and reward policies will be established. There will be implementation of driving safety management; meaning zero major accidents for employees at work and trains amid transportation. The goal is to improve service efficiency and service punctuality, promoting sound financial development and diversified operation of the railway industry, so as to provide safe, reliable, comfortable, and convenient high-quality mass railway transportation services.
II. Attracting international tourists to visit Taiwan
The post-pandemic era is critical to adjusting tourism policies in the industry. The Tourism Administration will continue to implement the Tourism 2025 Project—Taiwan Tourism Development (2021-2025), and focus on digital transformation and new products for a sustainable vision. In addition to assisting the digital transformation of the industry, service upgrades, listing signature attractions, optimizing products, and promoting international tourism through the revitalization of domestic market, the Ministry is also planning to increase marketing to attract customers through exhibition, video broadcasts, site-scouting trips, and package tours. At the same time, another goal of ours is to promote international and island-hopping cruise tours, attracting international cruise liners to arrange berthing and sightseeing in Taiwan. In this way, there can be jointly marketing cruise tours in the Northeast and Southeast Asia.
III. Reducing traffic accidents
The Ministry aims at promoting measures to improve spaces for pedestrians to build a high-quality traffic safety environment by promoting culture where vehicles stop for pedestrians, strengthening bus driving management, improving motorcycles training, handling community traffic safety lectures, and desiging traffic safety education modules. With strengthened law enforcement of key projects and improved supervision management, the central government and relevant units of local jurisdictions will work together to build a safe traffic environment, in the hope of reducing traffic accidents.
IV. Undergoing improvement of the countrywide road network for public transport
Improving the railway infrastructure and accelerating the construction of various road networks including the underground railway system and the double-track railway in eastern Taiwan, completing 6-hour round-the-island life circle in a day. Another objective is to assist local governments in planning ticket plans for public transportation and relevant subsidy policies. With the use of central and local resources to encourage the general public to take public transportation, the development of public transportation across the country can be improved. Optimized services around Taiwan are introduced as well as travel routes and sight-seeing services, which can help improve the construction of local transport to and from tourist attractions. By combining multiple means of transportation, it is expected to increase the usage of public transportation, bring about traffic equality, achieve co-prosperity for low-carbon transportation and the growth of the tourism industry. In this way, it is expected to relieve road traffic congestion, reduce traffic accidents, and, at the same time, put urban space into good use to promote regional development.
V. Carrying out freeway and highway network connection hub
With continued improvement project by adding exit and entrance for north-bound traffic Wugu Interchange on National Freeway 1, as well as the interchange of connecting Provincial Highway 74 to National Freeway 1, there are also projects on interchange for National Freeway 3 connecting Provincial Highway 66, for Provincial Highway 76 for east-west traffic and rerouting for areas west to Provincial Highway 19. As for parallel intersections improvement regarding expressway for Provincial Highway 61 connecting New Taipei City and Miaoli County, there have been 23 spots selected to be elevated, with a view to improving traffic efficiency of freeway and highway network and road safety.
VI. Providing transport services in rural areas
With continued effort in improving bus services, including taxi transport service, nationwide, the Ministry provides guidance for remote areas and places inhabited by indigenous people where there is no comprehensive local public transportation services, and there has been a service coverage of 91%. For routes where there have been such services, authorities concerned evaluate and review the route usage rate, average number of passengers per shift, and per capita subsidy amount to fill the service gap and achieve better convenience and accessibility. In addition, in terms of improving sea and air transportation services in outlying islands, the Ministry continues to replace decommissioned transportation vessels and to increase the construction of both the airside and landside facilities, so as to improve the transportation service from and into airports at outlying islands as well as high-quality passenger services.
VII. Accelerating the construction of airports and seaports
In terms of airport construction, the construction now focuses on the third terminal and its third runway at Taoyuan Airport. There is also the improvement project of the existing terminal building of Taichung International Airport, to increase the service capacity. With continued planning of the overall airport services countrywide, Taichung International Airport is to be positioned as the international airline gateway in central Taiwan, as well as a low-cost aviation base and the center for the development of aviation-related industries. Taipei Songshan Airport is seen as the international business airport in the capital and a service hub for domestic air transport. As for seaport construction, the Ministry aims at strengthening the service quality of infrastructure at commercial ports and improving freight service capacity and container transportation efficiency. The goal is to create a high-quality port operating environment, promote the development of sightseeing and leisure services at the port area. In response to the future development of offshore wind power, there is also an objective of building bases for storing wind turbines and equipment to better facilitate energy transition.
VIII. Improving labor-management relations in the transportation industry
Transportation is closely related to people’s daily lives. The promotion of relevant policies requires not only the efforts of teams from the Ministry, but also the joint effort from transportation-related unions. The Ministry puts great emphasis on issues regarding unions and assists them with everything at the Ministry’s disposal. Through opinion exchange from the business entities and supervising authorities taking initiative in communication, labor-management relations can be enhanced, with positive interactions. Strategic partnerships can thus be developed and consensus made between labor and management, which can bring efficient business operation, increased revenue, and better care of employee wellbeing.
Transportation covers an array of fields that include the need of transport for the general public, promoting industrial development, and even driving economic growth and balancing urban and rural development. The Ministry will continue to uphold its expertise and passion for providing services to actively promote constructions in land, sea, and air transport, as well as traffic equality, tourism recovery, smart transportation, and traffic safety. It is hoped that with excellence in governance and close cooperation between the central and local government, the Ministry can bring to people traffic construction and services that are safe, reliable, and high-quality with innovations.