- High Speed Railway Description
Route Alignment / Infrastructure:
Approximately 345km from Taipei to Kaohsiung. Over 300km of the route constructed either in tunnel or on viaduct structures.
Stations and Depots:
12 passenger stations, 3 depots and 2 maintenance bases.
The system is capable of carrying over 300,000 passengers in a single day of operation.
The system attains a normal speed of up to 300 kph, and ultimately 350 kph. The fastest journey take passengers from Taipei to Kaohsiung in approximately 90 minutes with a 3 minute intermediate stop in the central city of Taichung.
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Taiwan's railways have a long and fascinating history of improving the public's livelihood and nation's economy. In the old days, the arrival and departure of the train was the only viable option for traveling between distant cities across Taiwan's rugged countryside, and the only hope for growth of business and commerce in urban areas. These days however, with the tremendous economic development and ensuing increase in the standard of living, railways are being pushed underground in metropolitan areas, and highways and freeways are being paved across the land in order to accommodate the sudden increase of passengers and vehicles. Nevertheless, with the continued deterioration of traffic congestion, long waits, and difficulties in ensuring a peaceful ride from point A to point B, the people of Taiwan have happily embraced the completion and operation of the High Speed Railway (HSR).
With the vast majority of the island's population situated in the western plain or corridor, the new HSR system brings a host of new benefits along all stops from the northern capital of Taipei to the southern port city of Kaohsiung. Besides being a safe, fast and efficient mode of inter-city transport, the system will help build an integrated transportation network in Taiwan. The HSR incorporates its routes, stations, schedules, and ticketing systems with other modes of transport, including rapid transit, other railways, highway buses, etc., so as to facilitate an overall network of transportation for the user no matter what may be the destination. With the much anticipated completion of works and start of operation in January 2007, the new HSR has since ushered in a new era of transportation in Taiwan and as expected is creating new jobs and business opportunities, balancing regional development, and at the same time raising land value, promoting commercial activities and stimulating the economy.
CECI'S ROLE IN THE HIGH SPEED RAILWAY PROJECT
CECI began its role as General Consultant for the High Speed Railway Project in 1997. The scope of the contracted services included General Consulting services for the civil and architectural works, railway works, station area development, electrical and mechanical works, operations planning, financial services, legal services, BOT invitation to tender activities together with other technical consulting services related to the establishment of the High Speed Railway Project. While being Taiwan's first construction project to solicit private participation and investment, the scale of this project makes it one of the largest construction projects in history. CECI fully realizes the significance and importance of the HSR to the public and socio-economic development of Taiwan, and thus is determined to make sure that its culmination will be a continued great success.