TAIPEI - President Ma Ying-jeou yesterday attended the inauguration of the triple-track system between Taiwan Railways Administration's (TRA) Badu Station (八堵車站) in Keelung and Nangang Station (南港車站) in Taipei, saying that the new system will significantly shorten travel time between the two cities.
The system will shorten the headway between trains from 12 minutes to 8 minutes by year-end and help boost daily passenger capacity by an additional 15 per cent.
"Trains play a crucial role in transportation between cities. The TRA has long since (upgraded) its hardware. It is now beginning to improve its software as well.
"The TRA's new EMU800 trains, added just last year, will be able to provide passengers with a more comfortable trip. Although the (EMU800s) were expensive, they will help save a lot of transportation time," Ma said.
Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) noted that transportation between Taipei and Keelung has reached a new stage. "Transit is safer than before, and there will be a smaller chance of delays."
Track expansion between Zhangshuwan Station (樟樹灣車站) and Nangang Station, the last segment of the newly implemented system, began in 2010.
The TRA said that construction of the system was challenging but that following its completion, the number of trains will increase to 381 per day from an original 332 per day, accomodating an additional 47,000 passengers every day.
The TRA added that headway between trains during peak hours will be cut from 12 minutes to 8-10 minutes, whereas headway during off-peak hours will be decreased from 15-20 minutes to 12-15 minutes.