South link goes fully electric

21 December, 2020

Courtesy of ICRT

Electric trains have now begun running on Taiwan Railways Administration's South Link line.

The 98.2-kilometer line between Taitung and Pingtung's Fang-Liao station was the last section of track to have been fully electrified.

The use of electric trains on the line means trips between Kaohsiung and Taitung will now take 90 minutes.

Electrification of the South Link line and part of the Pingtung Line between Kaohsiung and Fang-Liao took seven years to complete at a cost of NT$27.6 billion.

Transport Minister Lin Chia-lung says with upgrades being made on eastern lines, and possible extensions of high speed rail services from Taipei to Yilan and Zuoying to Pingtung, trains will be able to fully circle the island in six hours by 2030.

The South Link line cuts through the southern part of the Central Mountain Range and started operations in 1992, completing Taiwan's round-the-island railway system.

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