Deputy transportation minister named as new TRA head

Chang, Chen-yuan, New Head of Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA)

Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA)-Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Chang Chen-yuan (張政源) has been appointed as the new head of Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) after its director-general resigned in the wake of a deadly train accident, the Cabinet said Monday.

While the appointment effectively will be a demotion for Chang, he has accepted the position because he is grateful for the experience he has gained at TRA, the Cabinet said in a statement.

Commenting on the new appointment, Transportation Minister Wu Hong-mo (吳宏謀) said Chang has worked at TRA for many years and is the best person to carry out the planned reform at the agency.

Chang will replace Lu Chieh-shen (鹿潔身), who resigned on Oct. 25, four days after an express train derailed in northeastern Taiwan killing 18 people dead and leaving about 200 injured.

Chang was TRA’s Taipei Station chief between 1987 and 1991 and has had held other top posts in the transportation sector, including at the Tainan City Bureau of Transportation and the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration.