Model sketch of G8 Train
Station on the corner of
WenXin and HeNan roads
Model sketch of G12 Train
Station on the corner of
WenXin and WenXin South 5th
Model sketch of the G4 Train
Station on BeiTun Road, close
to Jiushe Park.
Taipei, Taichung City & the Department of Transportation jump start the Taichung MRT
Words and photos by Taichung City Government
Translated by Ann Lee
Plans for Taichung's much-anticipated Mass Rapid Transit system took another step forward on November 15 as Premier Liu Chao-shiuan of the Executive Yuan witnessed Minister of Transportation Mao Chi-kuo, Taipei City Mayor Hau Lung-bin, and Taichung City Mayor Jason Hu sign a Taichung area MRT construction plan, for line operation of the Wurih, Wenxin and Beitun lines. This agreement officially marks the beginning of construction of Taichung's MRT system.
The MRT route starts from SongZhu Road in Beitun and has stops along Wenxin Road and Wenxin South Road; the final stop will be in Wurih. The Taichung line will cover a total of 16.7 kilometers and intersect Beitun, Xitun, and Nantun Districts, as well as Wurih Township in Taichung County. It will be the third MRT system in Taiwan.
Mayor Hu said that he appreciated the assistance of the Department of Transportation and Taipei City. He is happy that Taichung is also ready to take this step in transportation. The Taichung government started working out its budget for building the MRT system three years ago. With extensive help from the Department of Transportation and Taipei City Government team, the local government is finally ready to move forward with plans for making central Taiwan better connected.
Mayor Hu also mentioned that the greatest help behind this project has been Premier Liu Chao-shiuan, which he is why he invited the premier to witness the signing ceremony on November 15. With great island-wide cooperation that allows experts from every sector to work together, Taichung's MRT System is expected to be complete and running by the year 2015.
Premier Liu hopes that this MRT project will bring Taipei City's fine tradition of excellent public transportation to Taichung. The premier expects that, apart the city MRT, there will soon be other lines and trains that extend to nearby areas in other cities. Because of this interconnectedness, the MRT should help the economy.
Details on the engineering side of the project are already being worked out, and planners are currently preparing to recruit contractors to work for the electric and mechanical side of the project. If everything goes well, the Taichung MRT system will enter the actual construction phase in no time. To help speed things along and make sure construction goes smoothly, the Department of Transportation has requested that the Taipei City Government team, with the assistance and experience of Mayor Hau, take over the design and construction system for the Wurih, Wenxin and Beitun sections.
Construction is also just about ready to begin on the MRT Green Line. This route will not only connect Taichung City to Wurih Township in the county, but will also connect to the High Speed Rail and Taiwan Rail stations. In the future, when visitors from other cities ride the HSR or Taiwan Railway trains to Taichung, they will be able to take the MRT to downtown Taichung.
The cooperation agreement signed by the Central, Taipei and Taichung governments is not only an important start for the MRT system, but also shows how governments in Taiwan can all support each other for a greater good. With the Taipei City Government team joining us, we believe that Taichung MRT system, running from Wurih to Wenxin and Beitun, can enter into an actual construction phase before the end of 2009 and, as our ultimate goal, be operational by 2015.