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New train inaugurated for southern Taiwan

TAINAN, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) held a ceremony yesterday in the Tainan railway station to inaugurate a new Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) 700-model train for southern Taiwan.

The new commuter train will make its inaugural ride Tuesday, replacing the Fuhsing Express, a third-class train, that carries short-distance passengers between Chiayi and Pintung. Train fares will remain the same.

TRA officials said the TRA has ordered 160 EMU700 cars, with the first 12 manufactured by Nippon Sharyo Co., and the remaining 148 produced by the Taiwan Rolling Stock Co. (TRSC) under the technical assistance from Nippon Sharyo.

The officials said that TRSC will provide another 112 cars by the end of the year for the TRA to use for its commuter services on the West Trunk Line, the Yilan Line and the North-link Line.

The EMU700 train is designed to provide convenience to commuters. Information about forthcoming stations on its route will be displayed electronically above all exits in both Chinese and English.

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