The elevated Taichung railway will better integrate transport, create business opportunities and improve the quality of life enjoyed by residents, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said on Sunday.
Tsai made her remarks while attending a ceremony to mark the completion of the first phase of construction work to elevate five Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA's) stations in the central Taiwan municipality.
Taichung achieved prosperity over the past century thanks to railway traffic, Tsai said, expressing the hope that the upgraded facilities will ensure another 100 years of affluence.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of railway enthusiasts filled the renovated platform preparing to take the first service, a local train, to Keelung in northern Taiwan.
A train enthusiast surnamed Chen (?) told reporters he arrived early to take the first service so that he could "witness history."
The elevation of Taichung's railway system has been the TRA's largest renovation project in recent years.
The new elevated stations include Fengyuan (??), Taching (??), Tantze (??), Taiyuan (??) and Taichung (??).
The length of the new elevated railway is 21.7 kilometers and cost NT$37.24 billion (US$1.18 billion). It is now the longest elevated railway passing through a city in Taiwan.
In phase two of construction work, a further five elevated stations will be added to the line, according to the TRA.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel