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Construction set to start on New Taipei light rail system

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Construction of a light rail system in New Taipei is expected to start this year once the Executive Yuan has given the go-ahead for the project, the Bureau of High Speed Rail under the transportation ministry said yesterday.

The New Taipei City Government's plan is to build a light rail system that will serve as an extension from the Tamsui Station of the Mass Rapid Transit system. The two lines will cover a total of 13.99 km and will have 20 stations, as well as a maintenance workshop, the bureau said.

The first phase of construction will comprise a 9.55-section that will be composed of elevated and ground-level sections, the bureau said, adding that this part will be completed in six years after construction begins.

The remaining 4.44-km ground-level section will include six stations and will be finished in 11 years, the bureau said.

The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and the New Taipei City Government will be responsible for meeting the NT$15.3 billion (US$518 million) cost of the project, it said.

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Route map of the planned new light rail system that will extend from the Tamsui Station of the Mass Rapid Transit system to the Tamhai New Town area. (CNA)

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