The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday announced plans to extend Taichung’s MRT system to connect with neighboring Changhua. Taichung’s MRT Green Line — currently being built and scheduled for commercial operation by the end of next year — will add four more stations along the extension to Changhua, according to the newly unveiled plan, which is part of the central government’s NT$880 billion nationwide infrastructure development project. The president made the announcement while taking part in a ceremony marking Changhua’s achievements’ in developing green energy businesses, including operation of offshore wind farms.

Tsai noted that the multibillion-dollar infrastructure project is aimed at breaking city and county boundaries so as to develop the whole region rather than just isolated cities or counties.  She said the plan is meant to build up the unique character of each district while simultaneously exploring the potential of new regions, which will in turn boost the nation’s development as a whole. Changhua County Magistrate Wei Ming-gu (魏明谷) said he will continue to work toward having the MRT line further extend to other parts of his county, such as Lugang and Hemei. On a related note, Tsai said the central government and the local Changhua government will work together to promote solar and wind power generation in the central county.