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Coyett
Dec 31, 2005, 8:05 AM
THSRC (Service)

Taipei-Kaohsiung, 2007

345 km
8 stations
39 km Mined Tunnels
8 km of Cut and Cover Tunnels
251 km of Viaducts and Bridges
31 km Cut and Fill Embankments

Rolling Stock: T700 - Kawasaki, Nippon Sharyo, Hitachi
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/thsrc-s.jpg
photo: THSRC

Taipei Nangang Station, THSRC/TRA/MRT, 2011
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/NangangStation.jpg
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TRA Express (Service)

TEMU 1000 "Taroko", Taipei-Hualien, 2007

Rolling Stock: Hitachi
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/temu1000tra-s.jpg
photo: ITC
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TRA Rapid Transit (Service)

Rolling Stock: EMU 700 - TRSC / Nippon Sharyo

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/emu700livery2.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/EMU700TRA-s.jpg
photo: ITC

Yilan Line, 2007

Hsinchu MRT (Construction)
TRA/THSR, Lioujia Line, 2010
11.28 km
4 stations
http://www.erieb.gov.tw/eg4e.htm

Tainan MRT (Construction)
TRA/THSR, Salun Line, 2010
6.4 km
2 stations
http://www.erieb.gov.tw/eg5e.htm

Hengchun Line (Planning)
36 km
6 stations
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Taoyuan MRT (Construction)
Taipei/Taoyuan Airport Express, 2013 (Construction)
51 km
21 stations

Rolling Stock: Kawasaki
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/cksairportEMU.jpg
http://www.mrt.tpc.gov.tw/web66/_file/1680/upload/9537/map1b.jpg
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Taipei MRT Projects

Light Metro (Construction)

Rolling Stock: Bombardier
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/BombardierAPM2.jpg

Brown Line - Neihu Extension, 2010
14.8 km
12 stations
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Orbital Line, 2014 (Planning)
15.4 km
14 stations
http://www.mrt.tpc.gov.tw
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Maglev (Planning)

Rolling Stock: HSST
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/espoirmaglev.jpg

Xinyi - Songshan Line
4.5 km
8 stations
http://www.espoirtransit.com.tw/index.php
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Keelung LRT (Tram) (Planning)

Keelung TRA Station - Maritime Museum Line
7.6 km
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Heavy Metro (Construction)

Rolling Stock: Kawasaki
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/dortskawasaki.jpg

Orange Line, 2013
19.7 km
16 stations

Orange Line - Luzhou Extension, 2010
6.4 km
5 stations

Green Line - Songshan Extension, 2012
8.5 km
8 stations

Blue Line - Nangang Extension, 2008
2.5 km
2 stations

Red Line - Xinyi Extension, 2012
6.4 km
5 stations
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Kaohsiung MRT (Construction)

Rolling Stock: Siemens
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/kaohsiungmrtsiemens.jpg

Red Line, 2009
28.3 km
24 stations

Orange Line, 2009
14.4 km
14 stations
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Taichung MRT (Planning)

Green Line, 2014
16.5 km
15 stations
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TRA Western Line Reconstruction (Construction)

Taipei Nangang Extension Project, 2011
19.4 km tunnel/elevated rail line

Kaohsiung Underground Railway Project, 2016
9.75 km rail tunnel

Taichung Elevated Railway Project, 2015
21.19 km viaduct

kidd
Dec 31, 2005, 10:28 AM
Can't wait until all the projects completed!! ^^

Coyett
Jan 14, 2006, 2:55 AM
Marubeni in Taiwan airport rail deal

A Japanese consortium led by Marubeni Corp. signed a contract Thursday in Taiwan to build a railway system linking its capital and Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, the trading house said.
The contract, sealed with Taiwan's Bureau of High Speed Rail, is worth about 91 billion yen, Marubeni said, adding it will be the first direct-link airport railway system to be constructed by Japanese companies in Asia outside Japan.

The trading house, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd. will build a 51.5-km route connecting central Taipei and Chungli through the airport. The route is scheduled to be completed in September 2013.

Marubeni said it will be responsible for overall management of the project and construction of railway facilities, including signals, communication systems and rail yards. Kawasaki Heavy will provide 123 train cars, while Hitachi will be in charge of setting up power supply facilities.

kidd
Jan 14, 2006, 3:32 AM
Marubeni in Taiwan airport rail deal

A Japanese consortium led by Marubeni Corp. signed a contract Thursday in Taiwan to build a railway system linking its capital and Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, the trading house said.
The contract, sealed with Taiwan's Bureau of High Speed Rail, is worth about 91 billion yen, Marubeni said, adding it will be the first direct-link airport railway system to be constructed by Japanese companies in Asia outside Japan.

The trading house, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. and Hitachi Ltd. will build a 51.5-km route connecting central Taipei and Chungli through the airport. The route is scheduled to be completed in September 2013.

Marubeni said it will be responsible for overall management of the project and construction of railway facilities, including signals, communication systems and rail yards. Kawasaki Heavy will provide 123 train cars, while Hitachi will be in charge of setting up power supply facilities.

Now that's a BIG NEWS! lol ~ Waitting on the details tho!

:notacrook:

Coyett
Apr 1, 2006, 9:13 PM
Promotional video for Kaohsiung light rail line:

http://www.kcg.gov.tw/~mtbu/html/lightrail/lightrail9503.wmv

C-Kompii
Apr 2, 2006, 6:12 AM
I wish they could build the 天母 (Tian Mu) line right now as well as the red line extension all the way to Taipei 101, it will make commuting to inner Taipei much easier and faster.

Some of the station designs could be better. Personally I prefer the oriental flavour of red line stations from 園山 (Yuan Shan) to 淡水 (Dan Shui), since they tend to age much better with its traditional designs.

btw, Is there any color renderings of the upcoming Taipei Gate twin buildings? All the pics seems to be shots of the building models in white.

Thanks for sharing once again.

-G'day-

Coyett
Apr 2, 2006, 6:57 AM
I wish they could build the 天母 (Tian Mu) line right now as well as the red line extension all the way to Taipei 101, it will make commuting to inner Taipei much easier and faster.


The Xinyi extension of the red line is under construction - started last summer. The line through 天母 doesn't really seem like a priority, especially when one considers the needs of the growing cities of Taipei County.

C-Kompii
Apr 2, 2006, 10:34 AM
The Xinyi extension of the red line is under construction - started last summer. The line through 天母 doesn't really seem like a priority, especially when one considers the needs of the growing cities of Taipei County.

Hi taiwan ren, thanks for the reply. I think the 天母 line has not started due to complaints by residents on 忠誠路 thus it has been continuously rejected. They were planning to build a line to 天母 since the very start of the original MRT construction too, but same thing happened. Imagine a MRT station right next to 天母棒球場﹖It would be convenient for baseball goers and shoppers alike, but I guess that is exactly what the resident don't want... more noise.

Well, atleast the red line extension is under construction now, it will save up to 10-15 minutes transferring to the blue line if I wanted to go to areas around Taipei 101 in the near future. Once the 天母 line is done (if ever), that will probably save another 15 minutes due to cut down on bus transfer.

-G'day-

pierre-laurent
Apr 2, 2006, 2:52 PM
some old subway and railway's pics.. with a song of Taiwan:

http://rapidshare.de/files/17029795/formosa_2.mp3.html

http://img333.imageshack.us/img333/3579/redimensionnementdephoto1047ks.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img346.imageshack.us/img346/2692/redimensionnementdedscn00939zf.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img346.imageshack.us/img346/3487/redimensionnementdedscn00978ts.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img322.imageshack.us/img322/9475/redimensionnementdephoto0425aw.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

http://img416.imageshack.us/img416/8941/redimensionnementderotationdep.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

kidd
Apr 2, 2006, 3:00 PM
http://www.libertytimes.com.tw/2005/new/oct/30/imgtoday/today-life6.jpg

http://www.ettoday.com/newspic/916/i916847.jpg

Taiwan High Speed Train Exhibition Center:

http://club.ntu.edu.tw/~club20322/train/subject/THSRC_hc_exhibit.htm

In English:

http://www.yaox.com/museum/thsrdiscovery.html

:D

Coyett
Apr 4, 2006, 4:08 AM
Now Delhi Metro wants world green signal

Plans to become member of top world ranking project.

Anubhuti Vishnoi

New Delhi, February 23: IT’s already changed the way Delhi travels. And now, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is hoping the world will take note.

The DMRC is planning to become a member of the Nova International Railway Benchmarking Group, a project that compares urban transport systems of various cities across the world.

Senior DMRC officials have visited Taipei a number of times during the last month to study its Metro operations—the Taipei Metro was ranked number one by Nova in 2004-05.

“DMRC is trying to explore its chances of becoming a member of Nova — a benchmarking consortium of Metro networks in various countries,” Director, Projects and Planning, DMRC, C B K Rao said. He added that the DMRC was studying the Taipei Metro’s “construction methodology, operations and maintenance. We will also be assessing where we fall short...” Rao said.

“Our basic focus... is their Operation Control Centre, tunneling, construction site and maintenance. While Delhi Metro can boast of the best of technology and construction behaviour, Taipei Metro’s maintenance and operation control is definitely better. They also have a very good visitors’ gallery... officials from our Operations Department are currently in Taipei to study these. We will also try to incorporate some of these features in our Operation Control Centre at Barakhamba Metro Station,” Rao said.

He added that Taipei Metro scored well above the Delhi Metro in cleanliness.

“There are very strict rules at the Taipei Metro and public behaviour is very responsible towards the Metro unlike in Delhi as yet. To be able to maintain our stations that way, we need a high degree of public awareness and co-operation,” Rao said.

THE NOVA MARK
Headquartered in London, Nova is a benchmarking group formed in 1998 for medium-sized Metros comprising 13 Metro systems with less than half a billion passengers a year: Buenos Aires, Dublin, Glasgow, KCR (Hong Kong), Lisbon, Montreal, Naples, Newcastle, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Singapore, Taipei and Toronto.

Nova has three types of Key Performance Indicators:

Operations: 32 operational performance indicators, includes asset utilisation, efficiency, reliability, service quality, finance and safety

Customers: Customer satisfaction survey every two years

City: Indicators being developed to study relationship between Metros and the cities in which they are located

Nova: http://www.nova-metros.org/

Horizon in air
Apr 4, 2006, 8:32 AM
Hi taiwan ren, thanks for the reply. I think the 天母 line has not started due to complaints by residents on 忠誠路 thus it has been continuously rejected. They were planning to build a line to 天母 since the very start of the original MRT construction too, but same thing happened. Imagine a MRT station right next to 天母棒球場﹖It would be convenient for baseball goers and shoppers alike, but I guess that is exactly what the resident don't want... more noise.

Well, atleast the red line extension is under construction now, it will save up to 10-15 minutes transferring to the blue line if I wanted to go to areas around Taipei 101 in the near future. Once the 天母 line is done (if ever), that will probably save another 15 minutes due to cut down on bus transfer.

-G'day-

I do hope they build the teinmu line, as long as they don't build a disgusting viaduct on 忠誠路. Prolly an at-grade system or underground line would do.

kidd
Apr 5, 2006, 5:40 AM
High Speed Train Stations

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9503/800x600/S215-042K+285-中壢市-桃園站車站現況乙景-950216.jpg

Taoyuan

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9503/800x600/S220-072K+200-竹北市-新竹站東側現況乙景-950214.jpg

Hsinchu

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9503/800x600/S250-165k+733-烏日鄉-台中站施工現況-950222.jpg

Taichung

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9503/800x600/S280-251K+585-太保市-嘉義站主建物外觀現況-950227.jpg

Chiayi

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9503/800x600/S295-345K+188-左營區-左營站2F車站大廳現況-950216.jpg

Kaohsiung

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9503/800x600/S290-313K+860-歸仁鄉-台南站車站現況乙景-950227.jpg

Tainan

:drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer::drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer:

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/homepage.nsf/fa4f21fd3b1fedfc4825664e001046e4/ca88897e8ec74f0748256f8500229792/$FILE/STG33184/STG33184.gif?OpenElement

Hsinchu

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/homepage.nsf/fa4f21fd3b1fedfc4825664e001046e4/ca88897e8ec74f0748256f8500229792/$FILE/STG18278/STG18278.gif?OpenElement

Taichung

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/homepage.nsf/fa4f21fd3b1fedfc4825664e001046e4/ca88897e8ec74f0748256f8500229792/$FILE/STG61823/STG61823.gif?OpenElement

Chiayi

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/homepage.nsf/fa4f21fd3b1fedfc4825664e001046e4/ca88897e8ec74f0748256f8500229792/$FILE/STG63026/STG63026.gif?OpenElement

Tainan

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/homepage.nsf/fa4f21fd3b1fedfc4825664e001046e4/ca88897e8ec74f0748256f8500229792/$FILE/STG56081/STG56081.gif?OpenElement

Kaohsiung

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/E&Mwww/1/image/12.jpg

:drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer::drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer: :drummer:

Coyett
Apr 7, 2006, 4:45 PM
THSRC have upgraded their website with lots of wonderful pics.

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_010.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_012.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_011.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_a_01.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_a_02.jpg

:worship: :worship: :worship:

taiwayne
Apr 7, 2006, 9:51 PM
those pics are amazing!

kidd
Apr 8, 2006, 2:08 AM
those pics are amazing!

Welcome aboard, taiwayne!~ :cheers:

kidd
Apr 8, 2006, 2:10 AM
THSRC have upgraded their website with lots of wonderful pics.

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_011.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_a_01.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_a_02.jpg

:worship: :worship: :worship:

I enjoy these three pictures a looooooooooot! In fact, I can never get tired of looking at our sleek 700T~ :notacrook:

pierre-laurent
Apr 9, 2006, 12:36 PM
hi Taiwayne

welcom to our forum too!

Coyett
Apr 9, 2006, 3:16 PM
Came across this fantastic animated clip on the project to elevate the TRA line in Taichung. The video includes lots of animated renderings of the new stations as well as the TRSC commuter trains sets - very impressive.

WARNING: It takes forever to load, but is absolutely worth the wait.

http://www.rrb.gov.tw/download_files/A5minsDivx.wmv

taiwayne
Apr 9, 2006, 9:00 PM
thanks guys! I actually join this forum for a long time, just not registered before. :p
nice to know you all!!

Australiasian
Apr 10, 2006, 1:58 AM
http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_011.jpg

this one is amazing!

****taiwayne. welcome****

Coyett
Apr 19, 2006, 11:10 AM
MOTC sticks to October start-up for high-speed rail operations
By Su Chueh-yu

Minister of Transportation & Communications Kuo Yao-chi (郭瑤琪) said on Tuesday that test runs of the high-speed railway will open -- at least between the southern port city of Kaohsiung and Banqiao City in Taipei County -- by the end of October, or she will resign to take responsibility.

She said the Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corp. has been conducting test runs recently and the April 17 results shows that the train can run smoothly between Kaohsiung and Taoyuan.

Kuo said that while the target date for the opening of the line is the end of October, there is no guarantee that a "bottleneck" problem between Taipei and Banqiao can be sorted out in time.

The problem is a 15-kilometer stretch between Taipei and Banqiao that is a relatively "new" stretch of railway line compared to the rest of the 345 kilometer-long railway, connecting Taipei to Kaohsiung, which was already in place. This problem might cause failure to meet the October deadline. When complete, the system is expected to cut rail travel time between Taipei and Kaohsiung to less than two hours.

MOTC High Speed Rail Bureau Deputy Chief J.H. Pang said on Tuesday afternoon that the THSRC was having some difficulties with the Taipei-Banqiao section, but "had not given up" on the construction in that section.

Pang said the project was 94.49 percent complete, but the construction on the Taipei-Banciao section was two months behind schedule.

The THSRC had not been able to proceed with the work on the electrical equipment and the traffic signals in that section because the line is still being used by other trains, Pang explained.

"It's like tailoring a piece of clothing while you are wearing it," Pang said.

Pang said he was optimistic the time could be made up because the construction is underground and would not be affected by bad weather. He said he believes the THSRC could complete the construction within three months after the October deadline, but if it does not, it has drawn up a "Plan B" to deal with potentially large passenger flows at Taipei station.

"Since the Blue Line (on the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit System) is expected to extend to Banqiao station by the end of August, passengers who want to take the high speed rail could make connections via the MRT or the regular railway," Pang said.

Pang said that after the launch of the high speed rail, trains on that stretch of rail would not be allowed to exceed 120 kilometers per hour due to the complexities of the underground construction on the Taipei-Banqiao section.

The THSRC said the trains currently being tested were running at 300 kilometers per hour between Kaohsiung station and a station near Shulin City, Taipei County, as of Tuesday.

Source:Taiwan News(2006/04/19 14:04:04)

Australiasian
Apr 20, 2006, 7:39 AM
^
this is really stupid. why is this problem being addressed now? wouldnt they knew about this Banqiao-Taipei bottleneck problem a long time ago...??????

graupner
Apr 20, 2006, 9:38 PM
That's wonderful! How can Taiwan afford all these high-speed trains? there is enough demand for these on such a small island?

superchan7
Apr 20, 2006, 10:18 PM
It will compete with domestic flight industry in providing a major link between the large cities of the north and south.

laikuanchi
Apr 20, 2006, 10:53 PM
That's wonderful! How can Taiwan afford all these high-speed trains? there is enough demand for these on such a small island?

North-South InterCity transportation volume is incredibly high in Taiwan. There are already 2 N-S highways, but still traffic jam everyday.
There are currently 30+ express/semi-express trains from Taipei to Kaohsiung. (excluding the ones having terminal stops in between).
Thousands of long-distance buses.
42 one way Taipei-Kaohsiung flights
16 one way Taipei-Tainan flights
10 one way Taipei-Chiayi flights
This should give you a feel about the demand of high-speed trains in Taiwan.
THSR is estimated to run 5 minutes a train in peak hours.

As to the question of affordability, it's the world's largest BOT project, the company is also making the returns by peripheral development such as station area leasing, shopping mall building, etc... The ticket itself isn't expensive, only about 40USD from Taipei-Kaohsiung so I'm not sure how fast they can get back the money invested.
To me it's amazing that with 40USD you can travel 350km in 1hr20min. This distance is comparable to NY-BOS which costs you 100+USD on acela "express" but takes you 3hr30min. Amtrak is just too big of a monopoly sucking in the money but providing shitty service.

superchan7
Apr 20, 2006, 11:28 PM
Does the BOT involve government funding? Or do they aim to break even before the government takes it back?

laikuanchi
Apr 21, 2006, 2:05 AM
Does the BOT involve government funding? Or do they aim to break even before the government takes it back?
The total funding amounts to be greater than 510,000,000,000 NT or ~16 billion USD.
Government is involved for about 1/3 of that amount. The rest is managed by debt holders like big corporations and banks. They actually aim to earn profit before the government takes it back in 35 years.

Coyett
Apr 21, 2006, 3:32 AM
The total funding amounts to be greater than 510,000,000,000 NT or ~16 billion USD.
Government is involved for about 1/3 of that amount. The rest is managed by debt holders like big corporations and banks. They actually aim to earn profit before the government takes it back in 35 years.

The government stake in the project is a lot more than 1/3 ....... aside from being the largest THSRC investor, the man is also the guarantor for the massive syndicated loans. The total investment of private sector investors amounts to less than fifteen percent (NT$46 billion) of the the project's entire budget.

architect1
Apr 21, 2006, 3:42 AM
That is F_cking killer. I always loved there railways. There always thinking outside the box. Thanks for the info/pics.

Coyett
Apr 22, 2006, 7:07 PM
Taipei County drops BOT model for railway project

POLICY FLIP-FLOP: In response to the Kaohsiung MRT corruption scandal, the Taipei County government has decided to build, own and operate its own belt railway

CNA , TAIPEI
Saturday, Apr 22, 2006,

Advertising Taipei County's belt line rapid transit railway project will no longer follow the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model in view of the corruption scandal involving the Kaohsiung mass rapid transit (MRT) railway project, Taipei County Commissioner Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) said yesterday.
Chou told a press conference that the county government has decided to build, own and operate its own MRT system after seeing how the BOT model adopted by the Kaohsiung City Government for its MRT railway project was used for alleged illegal profiteering by officials working in collusion with contractors.

Another reason for the policy reversal is that the county government wants to ensure the quality of the construction project and give Taipei County residents a safe MRT system, he said.

Chou said the central government had approved the route of the belt line for the first stage of the project and that the county government's reversal of its policy would not affect the progress of the construction.

Chou acknowledged that the change would cause the budget to rise by NT$16 billion (US$495.4 million), of which the county government hopes that NT$3.1 billion can come from a central government subsidy.

As for the remaining NT$12.9 billion, the county government estimates that benefits accruing from land development projects surrounding the belt line will total NT$13.5 billion within 12 years.

Chou urged the central government to support the Taipei County Government with additional funds. He said that if the central government denied his request, he would appeal to the Legislative Yuan for help.

The county government will work out a new budget plan and a detailed feasibility analysis, Chou said, adding that the entire project was expected to be completed in 2013

Coyett
Apr 25, 2006, 5:13 AM
TRA suspends tenders after possible bid-rigging
By Chang Ling-yin

The Taiwan Railway Administration announced on Sunday that it had suspended three tenders valued at NT$17 billion to purchase railroad cars after allegations surfaced that one of its engineers was involved in bid-rigging a number of railway purchases.

TRA engineer Yu Chang-shou, who has been under intense investigation since last Thursday, is suspected of leaking the floor prices of railway purchasing projects to potential contractors in return for benefits or being entertained.

Following a request by Administrative Deputy Transportation Minister Ho Nuan-hsuan to re-examine all of its current bidding projects, and under pressure after the corruption revelations, the Railway Administration decided to suspend the three major tenders.

TRA deputy chief Huang Min-ren indicated at a press conference on Sunday that to ensure the integrity of the tenders, his agency had decided to suspend the projects until all related bidding documents were carefully reviewed.

One local newspaper said the purchasing deal may be frozen for at least six months to allow the agency the time to clear the record, which is expected to complicate the fierce battle between Japanese and Korean firms vying for the contracts.

The Railway Administration is looking to purchase 316 railway electric multiple units (EMUs), valued at approximately NT$11.6 billion, and 20 diesel-electric locomotives and 30 electric locomotives worth about NT$6 billion.

According to one local newspaper, the railway administration's Deputy Director-General Chen Feng-nan indicated that after reviewing all major purchasing projects conducted over the past two years, the TRA had identified 16 cases that may have been tainted by bid-rigging, including 13 that had already been awarded. The remaining three, for the railways cars and locomotives, would be suspended at once.

Huang stressed that nothing improper had been found in these tenders to date, but said the deals were so significant that the TRA had to review all related bidding documents before moving forward.

The TRA further emphasized and promised that the suspension of the three purchasing projects would not adversely affect rail services.

The TRA pointed out that the main purpose of purchasing the 316 EMUs was to replace aging Chu-kuang Express and Fu-Hsing Express cars to provide faster and more comfortable trips for railway passengers.

With the tenders for the new cars and locomotives on hold, the TRA would thoroughly maintain currently operating Chu-kuang and Fu-Hsing express trains to make sure they last as long as possible, Huang said.

Some observers have also questioned whether the agency's purchasing staff should continue to be responsible for the agency's big buys in the wake of the corruption allegations.

Huang said the TRA is considering replacing them to weed out any other individuals who might have contributed to the bid-rigging, but he said no moves would be made until the agency had concluded its own investigation into the corruption scandal.

kidd
Apr 25, 2006, 6:27 AM
TRA suspends tenders after possible bid-rigging
By Chang Ling-yin

The Taiwan Railway Administration announced on Sunday that it had suspended three tenders valued at NT$17 billion to purchase railroad cars after allegations surfaced that one of its engineers was involved in bid-rigging a number of railway purchases.

TRA engineer Yu Chang-shou, who has been under intense investigation since last Thursday, is suspected of leaking the floor prices of railway purchasing projects to potential contractors in return for benefits or being entertained.

Following a request by Administrative Deputy Transportation Minister Ho Nuan-hsuan to re-examine all of its current bidding projects, and under pressure after the corruption revelations, the Railway Administration decided to suspend the three major tenders.

TRA deputy chief Huang Min-ren indicated at a press conference on Sunday that to ensure the integrity of the tenders, his agency had decided to suspend the projects until all related bidding documents were carefully reviewed.

One local newspaper said the purchasing deal may be frozen for at least six months to allow the agency the time to clear the record, which is expected to complicate the fierce battle between Japanese and Korean firms vying for the contracts.

The Railway Administration is looking to purchase 316 railway electric multiple units (EMUs), valued at approximately NT$11.6 billion, and 20 diesel-electric locomotives and 30 electric locomotives worth about NT$6 billion.

According to one local newspaper, the railway administration's Deputy Director-General Chen Feng-nan indicated that after reviewing all major purchasing projects conducted over the past two years, the TRA had identified 16 cases that may have been tainted by bid-rigging, including 13 that had already been awarded. The remaining three, for the railways cars and locomotives, would be suspended at once.

Huang stressed that nothing improper had been found in these tenders to date, but said the deals were so significant that the TRA had to review all related bidding documents before moving forward.

The TRA further emphasized and promised that the suspension of the three purchasing projects would not adversely affect rail services.

The TRA pointed out that the main purpose of purchasing the 316 EMUs was to replace aging Chu-kuang Express and Fu-Hsing Express cars to provide faster and more comfortable trips for railway passengers.

With the tenders for the new cars and locomotives on hold, the TRA would thoroughly maintain currently operating Chu-kuang and Fu-Hsing express trains to make sure they last as long as possible, Huang said.

Some observers have also questioned whether the agency's purchasing staff should continue to be responsible for the agency's big buys in the wake of the corruption allegations.

Huang said the TRA is considering replacing them to weed out any other individuals who might have contributed to the bid-rigging, but he said no moves would be made until the agency had concluded its own investigation into the corruption scandal.

Yeah, so I've read. Horrible news indeed! :(

kidd
Apr 25, 2006, 6:29 AM
http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_a_04.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_a_05.jpg

Video Clips from Taiwan High Speed Rail :notacrook:

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/media/02.wmv

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/media/03.wmv

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/media/01.wmv

http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b381/Chiayiboy/p_taiwan06.jpg
The pride of Taiwan & Japan!! :cheers:

laikuanchi
Apr 25, 2006, 3:59 PM
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b381/Chiayiboy/p_taiwan06.jpg
The pride of Taiwan & Japan!! :cheers:

haha
why's the flag inverted left to right?

Australiasian
Apr 27, 2006, 12:41 AM
^
haha... with the japanese flag.
no matter which way you put it. all look the same.

kidd
Apr 27, 2006, 5:14 AM
sorry..guys, I am moving across the country from east coast to Chicago. My new job at the hospital starts on May 8th. Hence, I am now busy packing and looking for apt. Check back after I am settled! later~ :cheers:

阿jase_
Apr 27, 2006, 6:45 AM
sorry..guys, I am moving across the country from east coast to Chicago. My new job at the hospital starts on May 8th. Hence, I am now busy packing and looking for apt. Check back after I am settled! later~ :cheers:

I lived in Chicago for 5 years. it is a really beautiful city but the weather really sucks there. go look for apt in lakeview area or gold coast area.

kidd
Apr 27, 2006, 6:56 AM
I lived in Chicago for 5 years. it is a really beautiful city but the weather really sucks there. go look for apt in lakeview area or gold coast area.

For REAL?! wow! When was that? Still got good contact there? I only have 2 contacts there now.......=.=" Private Message me if you got contacts! IF not, it's ok. I can manage! :)

My hospital is affiliated with University of Chicago..Hence, I am now desperately trying to find "legit" Safe & not so ghetto apt. Rent ~$1,000 max. a month including parking spot. I need to find a place to live between 50s & 80s streets! :shrug:

I decided to return to Midwest after last 3 yrs in the East Coast. Coz.. I grew up in Midwest and attended two Big Ten Universities. :)

阿jase_
Apr 27, 2006, 7:57 AM
For REAL?! wow! When was that? Still got good contact there? I only have 2 contacts there now.......=.=" Private Message me if you got contacts! IF not, it's ok. I can manage! :)

My hospital is affiliated with University of Chicago..Hence, I am now desperately trying to find "legit" Safe & not so ghetto apt. Rent ~$1,000 max. a month including parking spot. I need to find a place to live between 50s & 80s streets! :shrug:

I decided to return to Midwest after last 3 yrs in the East Coast. Coz.. I grew up in Midwest and attended two Big Ten Universities. :)

I lived in Chicago during 1999-2004. Where in Midwest did u grow up? Chicago?

The campus of the university is surrounded by ghetto neighbourhoods where have tons of shabby apartments. It is also considered as one of dangerous areas at night. Therefore, I would suggest you to live in the north because students who are attending the university all live in the north side of Chicago.
The rents in the north side will be a little bit higher though.

No, I have no contacts there anymore but you can contact free apartment rental agency to help you find an apartment that fits your requirements and needs. I asked them to help me find my apartment when living in Chicago. they have a really nice service and I like it a lot. Below is the info.

Abbey Schrager
The Apartment People
3121 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
USA
Tel: 773 248 8800
http://www.bizwiz.com/ezcommerce/theapartmentpeople.htm

kidd
Apr 27, 2006, 3:24 PM
I lived in Chicago during 1999-2004. Where in Midwest did u grow up? Chicago?

The campus of the university is surrounded by ghetto neighbourhoods where have tons of shabby apartments. It is also considered as one of dangerous areas at night. Therefore, I would suggest you to live in the north because students who are attending the university all live in the north side of Chicago.
The rents in the north side will be a little bit higher though.

No, I have no contacts there anymore but you can contact free apartment rental agency to help you find an apartment that fits your requirements and needs. I asked them to help me find my apartment when living in Chicago. they have a really nice service and I like it a lot. Below is the info.

Abbey Schrager
The Apartment People
3121 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
USA
Tel: 773 248 8800
http://www.bizwiz.com/ezcommerce/theapartmentpeople.htm

hey, thanks a lot for the tip...

That's comforting to know that I will living in the ghetoo area. I wonder if I will be able to survive this time...

I would like to like way up north, just afriad of traffic jam that's all. I wonder how far up north should I move to and how long does it drivingwise to go down south...

=.=" oh, I used to live in Michigan & Ohio! :)

panapty
May 12, 2006, 11:39 PM
whoa, normally how much does it cost?

shaohsiin
May 17, 2006, 12:09 AM
How nice, I love Chicago. I visited there many times when I attended school in St. Louis. It was like 4-5 hrs drive.

I can still feel the excitement of my first time driving to Chicago. Seeing Sears Tower, Jon Hancock and other part of skyline gradually stand out from the cloud is one of the most magical moments in life.

I visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s studio in Oak Park and then go to the observatory at the top of John Hancock that day. I then had dinner at The Cheese Cake Factory….what a nice day!

Coyett
May 20, 2006, 11:12 AM
Looks like the Xinzhuang line is three years behind schedule!

From the Taiwan News:

"The Taipei MRT Department confirmed that completion of the infrastructure project, aimed at relieving traffic congestion in crowded Xinzhuang, will be delayed by 31 months, a delay that would cost the local government about NT$2.5 billion."

Coyett
May 30, 2006, 1:20 AM
http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/E102-165k+800-烏日鄉-700T型列車測試-950321.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/E102-170k+500-彰化市-700T型列車測試-950316.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/E102-091K+550-頭份鎮-高架段機電工程現況-950328.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/S220-072K+200-竹北市-新竹車站軌道隔音板現況-950324.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/C260-172k+370-彰化市-彰化二號隧道南口-950321.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/C220-078K+514-寶山鄉-新竹二高隧道南口現況-950330.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/C210-019k+010-樹林市-林口隧道南口現況-950302.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/C215-031K+028-蘆竹鄉-桃園三號隧道內現況-950317.jpg

kidd
May 30, 2006, 5:08 AM
http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/E102-165k+800-烏日鄉-700T型列車測試-950321.jpg

http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9504/800x600/E102-170k+500-彰化市-700T型列車測試-950316.jpg



I like these two pics very much!! Good Job "taiwan ren"~

:tup:

kidd
May 31, 2006, 5:54 AM
高鐵台中到高雄試車 時速300公里

聯合新聞網 記者唐秀麗/嘉義縣報導 2006-05-31 03:56


台灣高鐵七○○t型列車昨天冒雨完成台中到高雄路段時速三百公里的系統整合測試,使工程人員士氣大振。今天端午節將再度試車,首次開放彰化縣社頭鄉路段供民眾觀看。高鐵人員說,預計六月底將進行台北到台中路段時速三百公里的測試。

台灣高鐵公司表示,高鐵列車昨天上午在高鐵台中縣烏日基地完成列車功能檢測之後,隨即進行連續三次系統整合測試。首次測試時速為二百八十公里,第二次二百九十公里,最後是三百公里。

高鐵人員說,在第三次的測試過程中,列車在彰化縣社頭鄉附近提高時速至三百公里,行經高鐵彰化、雲林、嘉義、台南、高雄縣燕巢鄉附近。在此區間內除遇彎道或坡路,列車均以時速三百公里的速度行駛,最後停靠高鐵左營站;列車隨即又以三百公里的時速,駛返高鐵台中站,整個測試過程順利。

高鐵人員說,今天適逢端午假日,欲觀看列車測試的民眾,可於上午十時到十二時前往彰化縣社頭鄉「銀河鐵道餐廳」,地點在社頭鄉協和村後路巷,或直接與台灣高鐵彰化地區專員周淑娟(○九五八○○九二○一)

pierre-laurent
May 31, 2006, 2:26 PM
oooh great job Taiwan ren!! very impressive pics :tup:

Coyett
Jun 8, 2006, 7:10 PM
Found some station renderings of the section from Dayuan (first station past CKS Airport) to Jhongli. The architect of all six stations, J.M. Lin, was recently the 2006 merit award by the New York chapter of the AIA.

http://www.aiany.org/designawards/.

A15
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/A15.jpg

A16
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/A16.jpg

A17
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/A17.jpg

A18 - THSR
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/A18.jpg

A19
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/A19.jpg

A20
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/A20.jpg

panapty
Jun 8, 2006, 8:28 PM
i see dead people!!!!

:lmao:

Australiasian
Jun 9, 2006, 9:39 AM
thanks taiwan ren. they look great!

C-Kompii
Jun 9, 2006, 12:59 PM
Thanks taiwan ren for those pics. I think all of those six station designs (from Dayuan to Jhongli) are much much better than the cable car stations in Kaoshiung, and also better than some of the planned Taipei MRT stations. I can only hope all future Taiwanese public buildings/infrustractures are designed to this standard.

-G'day-

pierre-laurent
Jun 11, 2006, 6:40 PM
thank for sharing...i think since several years, taiwanese public infrastructures' design has made generally huge progress...

kidd
Jun 25, 2006, 9:49 AM
http://www.hsr.gov.tw/icons/hsr-inet9505/800x600/S220-072K+200-竹北市-新竹站現況乙景-950417.jpg

700T leaving Hsinchu Station~ :)

kidd
Jun 25, 2006, 10:03 AM
http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_49.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_50.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_51.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_52.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_53.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_54.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_55.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_56.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_57.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_58.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_48.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_59.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_60.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_01.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_62.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_63.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_61.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_64.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_65.jpg

copyrighted: www.thsrc.com.tw

kidd
Jun 25, 2006, 10:12 AM
http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_05.jpg

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_06.jpg

More station pictures at:

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/media/topic.asp

:tup:

Coyett
Jun 25, 2006, 10:46 AM
Kris Yao's design has turned out to be an absolute jewel.
Thanks for the update! :tup: :tup:

Razqal
Jun 27, 2006, 4:27 AM
I helped to post the rest. These pics are just too awesome not to post. :D


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_02.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_03.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_07.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_08.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_09.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_10.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_11.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_12.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_13.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_14.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_15.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_16.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_17.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_18.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_19.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_25.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_29.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_30.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_31.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_32.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_33.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_34.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_35.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_36.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_37.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_38.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_39.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_40.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_41.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_43.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_45.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/photo/thsrc_g06_47.jpg


http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_09.jpg

kidd
Jun 27, 2006, 10:23 AM
I helped to post the rest. These pics are just too awesome not to post. :D


Good Job! :tup:

kidd
Jun 27, 2006, 10:25 AM
〈獨家〉高鐵測試緊鑼密鼓 每日來回千里

記者:張惠民 攝影:黃建國 報導

從去年底高鐵試車,大陣仗請來政治人物、原始股東試乘看看之後,大半年過去,高鐵的整合,究竟趕不趕得及今年10月的通車計畫。tvbs實際上車,看到目前台灣新幹線株式會社的工程人員,正加緊測試腳步,尤其在今天,總算達成全線300公里的計畫。

才早上7點多,工作人員就已經全副武裝,準備上車待命。距離高鐵通車只剩4個月,不加緊腳步可不行。

從台中出發,往南開,再往北開,每天來來往往幾乎都要1千公里。tvbs記者張惠民:「駕駛艙中所有人聚精會神,不發一語,因為這個時候,台灣高鐵要從北往南,朝時速300公里的測試目標前進。」

電腦螢幕上,297、298、299,一直到300,每公里的推進,對工作人員來說,都是挑戰。車窗外的景色高速掠過,車廂中密密麻麻的電線與儀器,隨時鎖定列車行進每個細節。

台灣高鐵工程師羅振權:「這個測試最主要是測量脫係數,就是說車子會不會脫軌的一個係數,的一個測試,那這個係數如果愈低的話,當然是愈安全。」

連車頂狀態,都有攝影機嚴密監控。而為了因應包括地震、車禍等所有突發狀況,工程人員還必須模擬不同的測試情境。羅振權:「車子裡面我們用每一個15公斤的鐵塊,一個一個疊起來,然後就是把整個車子模擬成我們坐滿了乘客,然後用最高速度300公里去跑 ,然後做緊急煞車,尤其做的那一天還下大雨,我們想說會不會打滑怎麼樣,結果測下來還不錯。」

每個測試都是考驗,而為了10月通車的期限,整個系統整合必須盡早完成試驗。

kidd
Jun 27, 2006, 10:26 AM
〈獨家〉工作一絲不苟 日本團隊很龜毛

記者:張惠民 攝影:黃建國 報導

為了維持高鐵的測試品質,由日本團隊組成的「台灣新幹線株式會社」,要求相當嚴格,十分龜毛!來台2年的列車,始終包著塑膠套只能坐,不能放東西;不准和工作人員以及駕駛講話,甚至上車前,工作人員得先全面討論一番後,才開始一整天的測試工作。

不管刮風下雨,要踩進700-T列車前,所有工作人員,都得全副武裝,這樣圍成圈圈,講好一天的測試計畫。

大圈圈講完,小圈圈再討論。只要列車移交台灣高鐵前,一切都得一步步,照著日本人的規矩走。TVBS記者張惠民:「日本人做事的嚴謹,可以從這樣的小地方看的出來,雖然這列車已經來了2年,不過所有的座椅都還是要用這樣的塑膠套,緊緊覆蓋住。」

就是怕髒,連椅子都只能讓人坐,不准放東西,也只能喝白開水!甚至要拍畫面,還得工作人員前面帶路,全程緊盯。

工作人員:「小心一點喔,請不要太前面。」TVBS記者張惠民:「不要太前面,都不能跟他們講話對不對?」工作人員:「對。」

不能跟司機講話,也不能隨意和工作人員說話,因為大家都得專心。只見他們站好一排,明明眼前的數據幾乎只是微微動,他們卻兩眼緊盯,還要隨時紀錄數據。

這樣嚴格的程度,連台灣高鐵人員要上列車,得一個星期前申請,還不一定會過!列車上這也不准,那也不可以,近乎龜毛的要求都是確保安全的最高準則。

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Sorry, no english...

Razqal
Jun 28, 2006, 5:33 AM
can u translate then

Coyett
Jun 28, 2006, 5:52 AM
It's just a short article about the Japanese dedication to safety and how it applies to the testing and training at thsrc.

kidd
Jul 1, 2006, 12:21 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Shinkansen_700T.jpg

Construction V/C from THSRC:

http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/gallery/video/video_0606b.wmv

4 more months til the grand opening!! I can't wait!! lol~

:D

Australiasian
Jul 1, 2006, 8:55 AM
there is no guarantee there wont be any other delay! i dont want to put my hopes too high, but one thing is for sure! i will be HSR's customer within 1 month of its grand opening!!

Coyett
Jul 28, 2006, 9:32 AM
MOTC touts plan on train tickets

By Shelley Shan
STAFF REPORTER
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2006,Page 2

Advertising The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced a plan yesterday that would allow passengers to purchase in one place tickets for regular Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) trains and the future high-speed rail line.
Automatic ticket machines for both the TRA and the high-speed rail will be installed at every regular and high speed rail station. Counters selling TRA and high speed rail tickets will also be available to those who request assigned seats in advance.

MOTC minister Kuo Yao-chi (郭瑤琪) said the plan is part of the administration's effort to integrate the services of the two train systems before the formal launch of the high-speed rail line in October.

The integration will first be implemented at major stations nationwide, and eventually at minor stations too, she added.

She noted that the ministry's long-term goal was to consolidate the services of TRA, the High Speed Rail and the Taipei Rapid Transit System, through the implementation of an integrated circuit (IC) card that could be used with all three services. But she added that the ministry has not set a timetable for achieving that.

"The technical part of the integration can be easily dealt with, but the different agencies will have to work out a deal to settle the accounts, which could be challenging and take a long time."

Kuo Yao-chi, minister of transportation and communications

"The technical part of the integration can be easily dealt with," Kuo said, "but the different agencies will have to work out a deal to settle the accounts, which could be challenging and take a long time."

Kuo said the ministry has suggested to the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp that they provide ticketing services at post offices.

Kuo's comments came after the administration announced its plan last week to streamline train services, including ticketing systems.
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Coyett
Jul 28, 2006, 10:34 AM
Airport MRT Interior:

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/CKSKawasakiinterior.jpg

suncity
Jul 28, 2006, 9:38 PM
Mindblowing stuff!

Amazing! Simply Amazing!

kidd
Jul 29, 2006, 3:36 PM
明年一月 高鐵才能到台北

聯合新聞網 記者陳怡如/台北報導 2006-07-29 03:48

台灣高鐵十月底確定無法全線開通,只能到板橋。據高鐵提報高鐵局的管制時程,台北車站到板橋站長十二公里的路段將延至明年一月底完工,高鐵通車初期將開不進台北巿。

高鐵董事長殷琪去年九月八日宣布高鐵延後一年通車時,曾保證今年十月底通車時,一定是台北到左營全線開通。據透露,台灣新幹線株式會社(TSC)昨天已通知交通部和高鐵局,台北段預定十一月才能進行整合測試,通車則要到年底或明年一月。

交通官員指出,高鐵通到台北車站才能發揮最大效益,如果只到板橋,旅客必須再花十五到廿分鐘轉乘,增加交通時間和成本。

台灣高鐵則強調,並未聽說台北到板橋要延後通車,目前仍以十月底為目標。

高鐵核心機電系統包商透露,台北地下段工程進度落後,主要卡在隧道空間過於狹窄,高鐵公司為了趕時間又未重新設計,造成高壓電線安全距離不足,一旦列車動力使用的兩萬五千伏特高壓電發生漏電,不是造成電力主系統跳電,就是號誌、通訊、消防等設備炸掉,現在只能反覆檢查、修改,已完成拉線的路段經常被迫拆掉重做。

熟悉內情人士指出,台北車站原始設計並沒有包括高鐵,遇上交通尖峰,高鐵將因月台長度不足而無法加掛車廂,另外隧道斷面較小,高鐵又使用體積較大的新幹線車廂,造成淨空不足,不僅有管線安全距離不足的問題,列車也很容易發生擦撞等傷害。

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High speed train debuts in Oct., however, Taipei Train station will not be ready until next year Jan. :shrug:

kidd
Jul 30, 2006, 7:01 AM
Video Clip:

http://xjz.sakura.ne.jp/video/shinkansen.wmv

Coyett
Aug 4, 2006, 3:48 PM
Kidd, great video - thanks for the link!

First Bombardier APM arrives in Taiwan
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/BombardierAPM.jpg

Current rolling stock: Matra VAL 256
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/MatraVal256.jpg

video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y364EeOimN0

pierre-laurent
Aug 5, 2006, 10:55 AM
Kidd, great video - thanks for the link!

First Bombardier APM arrives in Taiwan
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/BombardierAPM.jpg

Current rolling stock: Matra VAL 256
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/MatraVal256.jpg

video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y364EeOimN0impressive! thanks taiwan ren

superchan7
Aug 6, 2006, 7:02 AM
Is this for service enhancement on Muzha Line? Or is it for a new line?

jjl
Aug 6, 2006, 8:28 AM
Kidd, great video - thanks for the link!

First Bombardier APM arrives in Taiwan
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/BombardierAPM.jpg

Current rolling stock: Matra VAL 256
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/MatraVal256.jpg

video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y364EeOimN0

If anything I like the old one better. I've never been let down by bombardier but i guess they were trying to make it similar to the matra ones. I hope at least the ride is better. The Matra ride is so shaky.

excel
Aug 6, 2006, 10:27 AM
Thanks a lot for all the info.

shaohsiin
Aug 6, 2006, 3:08 PM
If anything I like the old one better. I've never been let down by bombardier but i guess they were trying to make it similar to the matra ones. I hope at least the ride is better. The Matra ride is so shaky.

I too think the old one looks better. The ride is actully smooth too, but I haven't taken Taipei MRT for years, maybe it's becoming old....

Bombardier made some nice looking metro cars otherwheres before, but this new one looks cheap. I suppose it is cheap.
Unlike 15yrs ago, Taiwan want the best system, and willing to pay higher price. Now a day, budgets are much limited, and government officers are worried for being accused for using tax money to benefit specific manufactory, even if they don't.....

ed21x
Aug 6, 2006, 3:59 PM
I actually like the one piece molded design of the new cars. Notice how everything just fits together, and is not as boxy as the old version. Of course, those extra corners look cool in a retro X-Wing sorta way, but most newer designs tend to go rounded these days. I really doubt the design really reflects any compromise on quality.

jjl
Aug 11, 2006, 9:17 AM
I too think the old one looks better. The ride is actully smooth too, but I haven't taken Taipei MRT for years, maybe it's becoming old....

Bombardier made some nice looking metro cars otherwheres before, but this new one looks cheap. I suppose it is cheap.
Unlike 15yrs ago, Taiwan want the best system, and willing to pay higher price. Now a day, budgets are much limited, and government officers are worried for being accused for using tax money to benefit specific manufactory, even if they don't.....

The siemens run very smooth and are very quiet, the ride to danshui is always great. I guess I don't like rubber wheels, any advantages with rubber wheels?

Coyett
Aug 11, 2006, 1:40 PM
The siemens run very smooth and are very quiet, the ride to danshui is always great. I guess I don't like rubber wheels, any advantages with rubber wheels?

The main advantages are that they generate less noise and have the ability to make tighter turns.

Gahrok
Aug 15, 2006, 1:58 AM
[QUOTE=Australiasian]http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_011.jpg

this one is amazing!


Hi guys,
I stumbled across this site looking for latest info on the THSR, and what a treat it has been to find it these fantastic photos, congrats to you blokes on a great forum.
The arial photo in question looks spookily like the Linkou tunnels section between Taipei and Taoyuan, as I recall, 7 tunnels of varying lengths the longest being about 700m.
From a construction point of view, no major difficulties on this section other than initial logistics as they were a bit remote for access purposes. The really problematic area was the 3km mined Hukou tunnel just north of Hsinchu, that was a different tale!
For anyone with access to Google earth, the Linkou to Hukou section photos are high definition and were taken during the THSR construction stages. Viaduct piers, sections of completed decks, tunnel portals, and laydown areas for tunnels and major road bridge crossings are all clearly visible, as is Taoyuan station and approaches where the THSR goes underground.
Unfortunately the photos over the Chungli section are not HD and the really interesting temporary works section for the PC yard and launcher systems are not visible.
Easiest way to locate the THSR is to zoom down on the CKS airport and then scroll SE, THSR passed close to CKS perimeter within a km or so.
Enjoy

Gahrok

laikuanchi
Aug 15, 2006, 6:16 AM
Hi guys,
I stumbled across this site looking for latest info on the THSR, and what a treat it has been to find it these fantastic photos, congrats to you blokes on a great forum.
The arial photo in question looks spookily like the Linkou tunnels section between Taipei and Taoyuan, as I recall, 7 tunnels of varying lengths the longest being about 700m.
From a construction point of view, no major difficulties on this section other than initial logistics as they were a bit remote for access purposes. The really problematic area was the 3km mined Hukou tunnel just north of Hsinchu, that was a different tale!
For anyone with access to Google earth, the Linkou to Hukou section photos are high definition and were taken during the THSR construction stages. Viaduct piers, sections of completed decks, tunnel portals, and laydown areas for tunnels and major road bridge crossings are all clearly visible, as is Taoyuan station and approaches where the THSR goes underground.
Unfortunately the photos over the Chungli section are not HD and the really interesting temporary works section for the PC yard and launcher systems are not visible.
Easiest way to locate the THSR is to zoom down on the CKS airport and then scroll SE, THSR passed close to CKS perimeter within a km or so.
Enjoy

Gahrok[/QUOTE]

Hey Gahrok,
Were you a member of the international team for THSR? What section did you work on and for how long?

Gahrok
Aug 15, 2006, 6:52 AM
Hey Gahrok,
Were you a member of the international team for THSR? What section did you work on and for how long?

I was with Obayashi/Futsu on C215, Hukou ~ Linkou civil construction.
Obayashi also did C210, North from Linkou (C215/210 interface) to SE of Taipei.
Although not directly involved with 210, being the same company we obviously had some contact with their works also.
I was there from late 01 to June 04, then unfortunately had to move on to other things before the completion of the project, which I was rather sad about, but these things happen.
Best damn job I ever worked on, and with a very good bunch of people from an impressive company, fabulous and very enjoyable 3 years.

laikuanchi
Aug 15, 2006, 1:07 PM
I was with Obayashi/Futsu on C215, Hukou ~ Linkou civil construction.
Obayashi also did C210, North from Linkou (C215/210 interface) to SE of Taipei.
Although not directly involved with 210, being the same company we obviously had some contact with their works also.
I was there from late 01 to June 04, then unfortunately had to move on to other things before the completion of the project, which I was rather sad about, but these things happen.
Best damn job I ever worked on, and with a very good bunch of people from an impressive company, fabulous and very enjoyable 3 years.

cool, what a great experience it must have been...
Please do come back to Taiwan to take a ride on the HSR when it opens for operation. Thank you for your contribution to making this world's largest BOT project possible.

Coyett
Aug 15, 2006, 4:00 PM
I was with Obayashi/Futsu on C215, Hukou ~ Linkou civil construction.


Perhaps this will bring back some memories!

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/c215top.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/taoyuanstationtunnel.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/c215-5.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/c215-2.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/c215-4.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/c215-3.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/Nankancutandcover.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/C215.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/taoyuanstationcon2.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/TaoyuanStationcon.jpg

Gahrok
Aug 16, 2006, 4:20 AM
Taiwan Ren,
Sure does, nice B+W’s, especially the MSS equipment setup which I have uploaded for my records, many thanks.

I have many good photos, unfortunately most of them prints though, but I will reciprocate with a good picture of the carrier and girder launch system in operation, that I will put up when I get freed up to post attachments.

G.

Gahrok
Aug 16, 2006, 4:45 AM
cool, what a great experience it must have been...
Please do come back to Taiwan to take a ride on the HSR when it opens for operation. Thank you for your contribution to making this world's largest BOT project possible.

Yeah, a return to ride the rails when complete is on my 'to do' list.
It is one of the rewards of being involved on large projects, that there is something real to see and experience at the end of it all and say "I helped put this thing up"

Would also be nice to be able to visit and see more of Taiwan that time did not permit whilst I was there, which unfortunately is one of the minor inconveniences of working on major international projects, there never seems to be the time to play the tourist and see the places that one is posted to.
Especially true of Taiwan, where traveling time is somewhat prohibitive, which is after all why we were there after all.;)

Gahrok
Sep 2, 2006, 6:22 AM
http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/Gahrok/girderlaunchcarrier.jpg

Girder carrier and launching system in operation

Smiley Person
Sep 6, 2006, 3:33 AM
[QUOTE=Australiasian]http://www.thsrc.com.tw/images/download/wp_b_011.jpg
this one is amazing!

it's great how they have plants on the cut and not just dumped on a concrete wall. It's as if somoene just took a giant laser and aimed it through the hills.

Coyett
Sep 15, 2006, 2:08 PM
New Station Designs

Taoyuan TRA Station
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/TaoyuanTRAStation.jpg

Neili TRA Station
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/NeiliTRAStation.jpg

Jhongli TRA Station (transfer station for airport MRT)
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f355/chung68/JhongliTRAStation.jpg

kidd
Sep 16, 2006, 12:29 AM
Good Stuff! Like the Taoyuan TRA Station design~ :D

Coyett
Sep 22, 2006, 3:59 PM
Taipei MRT: Red Line, Daan Transfer Station

http://www.cec.com.tw/english/Files/Engineering_Photo/cr580big.jpg

kidd
Oct 19, 2006, 9:37 PM
世界上第一條商業運轉的高鐵系統是1964年的日本新幹線
之後各國也開始陸陸續續發展不同的高鐵系統
目前世界上有高鐵系統的國家
有日本、法國、德國、義大利、西班牙、端士、美國、及最近才通車的韓國
2006年,台灣成為下一個擁有高鐵系統的國家

高鐵在台灣的時間不長
從2000年開始動工到現在準備通車花了6年的時間

高鐵是採用國際標準軌距
先天上就比台鐵的窄軌要穩
加上鋼軌沒有接縫
車子在跑的時候不會有經過接縫時的震動
加上車子本身又有特別設計的避震系統
感覺不出來是坐在鋼軌的列車上
以開車的術語就是路感比較模糊
比台鐵要舒適不少

來看看照片吧

高鐵左營車站,鏡頭不夠廣拍不出全貌,頗有氣勢的


http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-7e018b8032a68eec52505d6c4d1cdb47.jpg
人工售票窗口,每個窗口還有一台LCD銀幕顯示購票資訊
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-7bb34cc5e65cbd187323e7dacb82c7a8.jpg
也有自動售票機,不過系統還不穩定,一開始可能沒辦法用
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-0b7219709cd1f019e77a943b3af12f6f.jpg
大型電子看版顯示列車資訊
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-a438b9e0f4c4d8f0f3cd22e2f1d32cd3.jpg
自動驗票匝門,有點類似國外的捷運系統
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-0b4ec02109372f928bf27a660fa24c8a.jpg
古色古香的立鐘
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-c07b88c341e88dbf2d63f6337dfe9256.jpg
LED列車進站警示燈,嵌在地磚內很特別,亮度也很亮
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-1d63579044482be6d9453f03eaf1e157.jpg
今天的主角進站了
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-f76f140a4a89b52f1bedf911cf01800c.jpg
還在試運專,正試通車再等等
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-7de00a66eda1c92ab402546f53d436fd.jpg
標準車廂內裝,椅子有點窄,不知道是不是日本人都比較瘦
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-750a1f1fad2d241848ac4a1187be7b9b.jpg
商務車廂位子就真的很舒服了
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-b0b790da5c9e4dbdf64aea511c54252b.jpg
有專用空間可以放大型行李
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-6aa24cd990f72c4d565cb6ead37b8e43.jpg
商務車廂位子都有個餐盤,上面印有全車服務資訊
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-38a9593797ce46729122e290c1138ff4.jpg
好大一塊腳踏板,我的腳是八號半
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-eac78e1d4674b0cfff7b166c7b50f210.jpg
一樣商務車廂才有,六有頻道的音樂可以選,不過大家應該都有MP3了吧
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-4336c48951155476f9883aec77699cf6.jpg
商務座位還有110V的插座,可以充充手機或是NB的電
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-324f57139c2684468d40fcc1d710e114.jpg
閱讀燈,真的很像在飛機上
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-1987592364f9f1fdee4776b468db972e.jpg
列車出發,經過總機廠
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-6af577898ebb1b2209040c4609aedf23.jpg
時速300公里真的很穩,水放在窗邊不會濺起來,只有一些些的水波
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-3c60354047268049bd007a9415be815d.jpg
下車了,車頭造型很未來,不過還是比較喜歡700系的鴉嘴獸造型
http://attach.mobile01.com/attach/200610/mobile01-18eeb149b8aad564660f610cc43daa40.jpg

整體來說車廂非常舒適
速度真的很快
左營上車沒幾分鐘就到台南、嘉義
一下子就到台中、新竹
沒多久就已經在桃園、板橋
這種感覺真的很奇特
和坐飛機或自已開車不同
快速、舒適是我試乘後的結論

copyrighted: rice7361 at Mobile01

In case the pictures not showing! Site link: http://www.mobile01.com/newsdetail.php?id=2864

:tup: :cheers: :tup: :cheers: :tup:

Razqal
Oct 20, 2006, 7:14 AM
good news i assume judging from all those happy emoticons. :D now what does it say? :shrug:

pierre-laurent
Oct 20, 2006, 11:51 AM
i gonna try to translate it with my limited english...:D

"the first 300/h experience of taiwan shinkansen.

the world's first commercial running high speed train(hst) is japan shinkansen in 1964. after, other countries had also begun to developp their own hst systems. currently, the countries who have a hst system are japan, france, germany, italy, spain, swiss, usa, and more recently korea.
in 2006, taiwan is going to be the next country equiped with a hst system.

hst system's time in taiwan has not been long...
from the beginning of its construction in 2000 to its final connexion's preparation in 2006, 6 years have been spent.

hst's railways use the international standing width
so in essence, its stability is better than the taiwan traditionnal railway's,which is more cramped...
plus, there is no juncture between the rails
so there is no tremor during travelling
plus, the railcars theirselves are equiped with a special anti-shaking system
so you're not under the impression to be riding in a train
with a car driver's techinical words, i'd say the "driving feeling is more blurry"
anyhow, its is certainly more comfortable than taiwan railway' traditionnal trains.

let view the pictures..."

pierre-laurent
Oct 23, 2006, 11:57 AM
TAIPEI TIMES

Bullet train likely to be delayed

INSUFFICIENT TEST RUNS: Lloyd's Register, the certifying authority, asked the Taiwan High Speed Rail Co to conduct additional observations before opening
By Shelley Shan
STAFF REPORTER
Monday, Oct 23, 2006.

Vice Minister of Transportation and Communications Ho Nuan-hsuan ( 何煖軒) yesterday issued a statement confirming fears that the nation's first bullet train is unlikely to be operational by the end of this month.

"The specialists from Lloyd's Register [the certifying institute] said that the Taiwan High Speed Rail Co [THSRC] has not conducted a sufficient number of test runs during the past two weeks, and they have asked for additional observations," Ho said.

"THSRC said they could only tender the Independent Verification and Validation Facility [IV&V] report in early November," he said.

Inspectors decided over the weekend that the final review meeting would have to be postponed until after THSRC turns in the IV&V report, he said.

According to Ho, the company held a drill yesterday to test the system's readiness in case of an earthquake. The scenario was based on a magnitude five earthquake striking while the train was operating at 300kph.

Inspectors were divided into small groups and dispatched to observe responses at the company's headquarters in Taipei, the traffic control center, on board a train and at stations in Chiayi, Tainan and Tsoying.

Ho said that it took the train 3.5km to come to a complete stop.

The traffic center then activated standardized operating procedures for an emergency situation.

The power supply system was immediately switched off and train crews guided passengers to the exits. The company then dispatched small buses to escort passengers to a safe spot.

Before the train resumed operation, the driver checked to see if the train had derailed.

The train then resumed travelling and gradually increased its speed.

"The drill was held to see how able the company was in handling various emergency situations," Ho said."Its performance was found to be satisfactory."

He noted that each inspector only focused on a small part of the entire operation during the test.

Follow-up action was needed to organize their thoughts and observations into a complete report, he said.

On Saturday, THSRC operated a train according to a preset timetable. The company also simulated operations during rush hour, with inspectors entering the control center to check if the company could adeptly deploy additional trains.

It also created a scenario where the railway's tracks were damaged in order to examine how promptly the control center could order the closure of one line and initiate two-way operation using the other line.

Ho reiterated yesterday that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has set no specific launch date for the train to begin service.

The THSRC would only be allowed to operate when the safety concerns were fully addressed, he said. :(


originally from: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiw.../23/2003332956

kidd
Oct 23, 2006, 12:51 PM
yeah, so I've heard...

nonetheless, I think it's better off this way! At least the delay opening should make the ride safer..:rolleyes:

pierre-laurent
Oct 23, 2006, 11:28 PM
sure, i still prefer to keep my life and to wait a bit more!

pierre-laurent
Oct 23, 2006, 11:50 PM
to kidd

a propos...can i ask you questions? in fact, they're asked by a ssc forumer : "What ranking is Chiayi? Off topic but I was there earlier this year and the Bus Rapid Transit was under study. Is it going to be constructed? Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!" thank you in advance.

originally from: http://skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=308499&page=2

Echang03
Oct 24, 2006, 2:29 AM
Wow....does anybody know how much the tickets are?

kidd
Oct 24, 2006, 4:51 AM
Wow....does anybody know how much the tickets are?

Taipei<->Kaohsiung $1490NT

Taichung (half-way) ~$700NT

btw, welcome to SPP, 'Echang03'~ :cheers: