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Twin towers to appear at airport MRT line

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in Taipei yesterday to start the construction of a new section of the mass rapid transit (MRT) system linking the Taoyuan International Airport in Taoyuan.

Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou, Taipei County Magistrate Chou Hsi-wei and Taoyuan County chief Chu Li-lun were among officials to officiate the ceremony at the construction site between Chengde Road and Chongqing North Road in the western district of Taipei.

The 4.1-kilometer underground section will connect the MRT line between the airport in Taoyuan and Sanchung City in Taipei County with completion set for August 2012.

There will be a high-rise twin-tower structure shaping like the Chinese character “door” to mean the gate to Taipei.

One of the towers will be 76 floors and the other 56 floors with the MRT station underground.

There will be offices, a hotel and a department store in the complex.

Another unique feature is to allow people going abroad to complete the necessary check-in procedures for getting aboard departing planes before taking the 35-minute MRT ride to reach the CKS airport.

Chang Chi-teh, chief of the Taipei City Government’s Department of Rapid Transit System (DORS), said the twin-tower MRT station will be the world’s fourth after the ones line London, Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur to combine the MRT system with airport functions.

In compliance with President Chen Shui-bian’s policy of promoting the Taiwan identity, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and private enterprises have recently spent tens of millions of dollars after the government renaming the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taoyuan as Taoyuan airport.

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