In the morning of Sep. 12, President Ying-Chiu Ma, accompanied by MOTC Minister Chien-Yu Chen and THSRC President Wei-Chi Liu, visited HSR Changhua Station for an inspection tour. Additionally, they were briefed on the pre-operational work of the additional HSR Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin stations. At the end of the tour, President Ying-Chiu Ma not only expressed high appraisal toward the quality and operational performance of Taiwan HSR but also encouraged the staff to keep up the good effort to achieve scheduled opening of the three additional stations.
HSR Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin stations have successively broken ground from Nov. 2012 to Jan. 2013. By Jun. 2015, THSRC have successively finished construction of the three stations and all three stations have completed the construction completion inspection by MOTC in August. During the operational testing period, system stability reached 100%. The last step before official operation is to acquire MOTC on-site inspection approval. The scheduled opening of the three stations is Dec. 1, 2015.
After official operation of the additional stations, the entire HSR line will expand from 8 stops to 11 stops. To cope with this change, THSRC planned to add an 11-stop operation model but still retain the current 8-stop operation model running. The fastest model will still be the express train which can travel from Taipei to Kaohsiung in just 96 minutes. In the near future, HSR efficiency will be enhanced and passenger requirements will be met by distributing various operation models.
Taiwan HSR has now become an essential choice of transportation in western Taiwan and has achieved the prospect of one-day life circle originally proposed by MOTC. With the additional Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin stations, HSR will further expand its services and provide safe, accurate and high-quality transportation alternative to even more passengers.