Keelung MRT plans finalised
Premier Su Tseng-chang says the government has finalised a plan to build an MRT line in Keelung, that connects the northern city with New Taipei and Taipei.
The project was initially conceived as a light-rail line that would have cost an estimated NT$8 billion, but revising it to an MRT line will increase the cost to NT$42.5 billion, with the central government paying 77% of that total.
Premier Su says the governments of the three cities being served by the line will share the rest of the bill, with the project expected to play an important role in the daily lives of people who reside and work in the Taipei-New Taipei-Keelung living circle.
Once completed, the line will have 13 stations, and will be able to transport 15,000 people an hour, up from the 5,000 a day projected using the light rail system.