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New rails to link high speed and TRA trains

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Passengers taking high speed rail trains will be able to transfer to the transport service of the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) at Tainan Station starting late this year. The same service will be available at Liujia Station in Hsinchu County by August next year.

Officials at the state-run TRA said yesterday both projects will be elevated rail structure so that service traffic will not be affected.

To better serve more passengers, the TRA has been building a 6.5-kilometer horizontal rail track connecting the parallel north-south tracks at Tainan Station of Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) to the TRA's Zhongzhou Station in southern Taiwan. The construction work will be completed by the end of this year.

This will provide an additional option for needed passengers other than the current transfers by bus, officials said.

With a ticket of NT$15, the new rail — called Shaluen branch — is expected to serve around 10,000 passengers every day by 2020.

A similar rail track will be finished in August next year to link the Liujia Station of the high speed rail system to the TRA's Hsinchu Station in northern Taiwan.

With a distance of 12 km, the ticket price will be set at NT$18 per trip. The new rail track — called Neiwan branch — is expected to serve 24,700 passengers per day by 2016, the officials estimated.

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