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Railway trip from Taipei, Kaohsiung may hit 4 hours

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- As the government implements construction work to make Kaohsiung's railway go underground, Minister without Portfolio Yang Chiu-hsing (楊秋興) said commute time between Taipei and Kaohsiung may be reduced to four hours.

Yang paid a visit to inspect the underground construction work on Kaohsiung's railway system.

The railway construction work is expected to be completed in 2017. By then, the railway commute time between Taipei and Kaohsiung may be reduced to 4 hours. With the reduction in commute time, travel on Taiwan Railway System will not be too much different from travel on the Taiwan High Speed Rail.

Since an underground railway system will eliminate most railroad crossings, the government expects the new railway to reduce commute time. The construction project is estimated to cost NT$99.9 billion, and a total of seven stations will be established.

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