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Taiwan's railway system to be totally electrified by the end of 2020: MOTC

TAIPEI, Taiwan --Taiwan's railway system is expected to be completely electrified by the end of 2020 following the completion of an electrification project on the south-link line, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said Saturday.

After the 123.4-kilometer section of railway between the southern county of Pingtung and Taitung County in the east is electrified, the fastest train from Taipei to Taitung will take only 3.5 hours, either via the west coast or the east coast, the ministry said.

This is expected to make traveling to and from eastern Taiwan more convenient as train rides from Taipei to Taitung now take five to seven hours.

Taiwan began to electrify its railway system in the 1970s, with the first such project completed in 1979 on the section between Keelung and Kaohsiung along the west coast.

The second such project was completed in 2000 on the section between Keelung and the northeastern county of Yilan, followed by the north-link line between Yilan and the eastern county of Hualien in 2003.

The Hualien-Taitung section, which launched its electric train service Saturday, has been the latest to complete electrification.

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