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New TRA head vows to improve safety of train travel

2018/11/09 12:57:31

Chang Chen-yuan (張政源/CNA file photo)

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) Former Deputy Transportation Minister Chang Chen-yuan (張政源) assumed office as the new head of Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) on Friday, pledging to improve the safety of train travel and restore public confidence in it.

"We will spare no effort to make train travel safe and give the public a safe way home," Chang said at the handover ceremony.

Chang, who worked at the TRA for 15 years from 1980 to 1995, said he will strive to restore public confidence in its service and boost the morale of TRA employees.

In addition, Chang said he will try to improve the TRA's working environment, instill a more corporate-style flexible and responsive management style, and carry out facility upgrades.

Chang was named as new TRA head on Oct. 29 to replace Lu Chieh-shen (鹿潔身), who resigned on Oct. 25, four days after an express train derailed in northeastern Taiwan, leaving 18 people dead and about 200 injured.

Chang was TRA's Taipei Station chief from 1987 to 1991 and has held other top posts in the transportation sector, including at the Tainan Bureau of Transportation and the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)