Japan to offer bullet-train improvements to Taiwan
CNATAIPEI--The Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Central) is planning to sign a contract with the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corp. (THSRC) to provide it with bullet train technology, Japanese media reports said Saturday.
March 24, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
JR Central will help THSRC, which operates the country's high speed railway, to improve its operation and management systems, including an automatic train control system for a planned line between Taipei and Nangang and systems to control operations in case of earthquakes.
A contract between the two companies is expected to be signed within several months, the reports said, adding it will be the first time the Japanese company has struck such a deal with an overseas rail company.
The THSRC began operations in 2007, using bullet trains based on a Japanese model, marking Japan's first successful export of its high-speed trains.
In 2011, the government expressed hope that JR Central would provide assistance for rail safety improvements, according to the reports.