MAGAZINE, September 2005.
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Chia Ba Train
JhongSiao Rd., Chiayi City
--By Steven Crook, translated by Annie Liu
Responding to the construction of the high-speed
rail link from Taipei to Kaohsiung, which will obviously impact
its business, the state-owned Taiwan Railway Administration
(TRA) has begun focusing on commuter services rather than
long-distance services. As part of this policy, instead of
adding to Taiwan's 1,097 kilometers of railroad, the TRA has
been building more stations in densely-populated parts of
the West Coast. One of the new stations is a small but elegant
structure in the northern part of Chiayi City, right beside
Chiayi Christian Hospital and a B&Q store. The next stop
to the south is Chiayi Train Station (three kilometers away);
the next stop north is Minsyong (about five kilometers away).
Chia Ba Train Station--romanization specialists should note
that this is the spelling on the front of the station--is
served by slower trains only; to find out which services stop
here, go to the TRA's bilingual website, www.railway.gov.tw.