MOTC gearing up for fully electrified rail system by 2020

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Sunday it is gearing up to have the nationwide railway system entirely electrified by the end of next year as scheduled. (Courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration)
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Sunday it is gearing up to have the nationwide railway system entirely electrified by the end of next year as scheduled. (Courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration)

TAIPEI (CNA) — The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Sunday it is gearing up to have the nationwide railway system entirely electrified by the end of next year as scheduled.

The last link of the network — the south-link railway electrification project of the Taiwan Railways Administration — is set to be completed by that time, the MOTC said in a statement.

The south-link line, which connects Pingtung and Taitung counties, is the only one that has yet to be completely electrified.

Testing and inspection of the electrification of the Pingtung section between Fangliao and Chaozhou townships, spanning 25.2 kilometers, were completed Saturday and Sunday, the MOTC said.

The inspection committee members proposed 21 recommendations for improvements required before the electrified line becomes operational, according to the MOTC.

The electrification of the route begins at Chaozhou and ends in Taitung’s Jhihben Township, while the line between Taitung Railway Station and Jhihben has already been electrified.

The wholly electrified network will mean that the fastest train from Taipei to Taitung will take only 3.5 hours, via either the west coast or the east coast, according to the MOTC.