The TIAA MRT Project managed by BOHSR has already initiated operation since March this year. In view of the accumulated heritage of railway engineering experience & technology and the manpower arrangement & planning of the merger of BOHSR and RRB to “Railway Administration”, as well as full cooperation with major policies of the government such as the Foresight Infrastructure Plan, some projects originally handled by the RRB were approved to be taken over by BOHSR after reporting to MOTC. These projects were “Chiayi Urban District Elevated Railway Project”, “Feasibility Study Evaluation of Railway Elevation in Minsyong & Shueishang Township” and “Comprehensive Planning Project for Underground Railway of TRA Taoyuan Section”, which were ratified to be taken over by BOHSR in early October this year.
The “Comprehensive Planning Project for Railway Elevation in Chiayi Urban District” was reported to MOTC and concluded with agreement in principle on Sep. 6, 2017. The following construction design and engineering work will be carried out subsequently. The project covers a total length of about 10.9 kilometers. The project includes many subprojects: the elevated railway of TRA line, two elevated stations-Jiabei and Chiayi Station, the new Chiayi (Shueishang) train depot, the new Beihuei Station and related projects. After the completion of the project, it can eliminate the barriers on both sides of the railway line, enhance the value of land use, balance urban development and improve the traffic bottleneck caused by level crossing. This project will enhance rail traffic safety and will combine the sightseeing and leisure functions of the Tropic of Cancer Solar Exploration Center in Shueishang Township, Chiayi County. At present, BOHSR has set up the Chiayi Branch to carry out pre-construction, design and other related operations. A communication platform was also established to convene regular meetings each week between the Chiayi City Government, TRA and RRB to consolidate the views of all parties and work together to promote the project.
The “Feasibility Study Evaluation of Railway Elevation in Minsyong & Shueishang Township” is currently being handled by Chiayi County Government. After the completion of the project, the county government will submit the report to MOTC for review according to regulations and BOHSR will be the evaluation unit of the feasibility study. This feasibility study route totals 14.8 kilometers in length, including 8.5 kilometers in the northern section (Minsyong) and 6.3 kilometers in the southern section (Shueishang). It also covers three elevated stations (Minsyong Station, Beihuei Station and Shueishang Station) and 12 improvements to level crossing. Through the feasibility study project, Chiayi County Government hopes to improve the traffic conditions along the level crossings along the railway line, enhance the potential of overall land development and regional development around the three railway stations to promote local prosperity and development. Currently, the Chiayi County Government has put forward the mid-term report on the feasibility study of this project and will hold the mid-term report review meeting subsequently. BOHSR will continue to participate in and provide timely advice so as to facilitate the follow-up operation of the review as soon as possible.
The “Feasibility Study of Underground Railway of TRA Taoyuan Section” is approved by the Executive Yuan and is currently in the process of bidding for the following comprehensive planning project. The project covers a total length of about 17.9 kilometers. The project includes three underground railway subprojects: Taoyuan, Neili Station and Zhongli Station; new stations include Fengming, Zounglu, Yongfeng, Zhongyuan and Pingzhen commuter stations. The project will eliminate 20 crossings along the line; 8 land bridges and 8 underground passages. At present, BOHSR is currently handling the pre-bidding operations for the comprehensive planning and technical services project. Simultaneously, BOHSR will also set up a communication platform to convene regular meetings each week between the Taoyuan City Government, New Taipei City Government, RRB and other units to consolidate the views of all parties and work together to promote the project.
Taking over the three projects mentioned above, BOHSR will be able to expand its business in the new railway segment by taking full advantage of the existing implementation experience in HSR and TIAA MRT projects and making full use of existing professional and technical staff. BOHSR can also significantly enhance its implementation energy and jointly accomplish the railway construction task and reach the goal of promoting the foresight plan.