Cabinet to name new Taiwan Railways chief

04/20/2021 09:59 PM
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Taiwan Railways Administration flags and the national flag outside Taipei Main Station. CNA file photo
Taiwan Railways Administration flags and the national flag outside Taipei Main Station. CNA file photo

Taipei, April 20 (CNA) Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) Deputy Director-General Tu Wei (杜微) is expected to be named as new head of the agency in an attempt to speed up reforms in the wake of a deadly train crash that took place earlier this month, a high-level Cabinet official said Tuesday.

During a meeting earlier that day, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) agreed to a plan by new transport minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) to promote Tu to the head of the TRA, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tu, with his hands-on experience, is expected to help Wang after his predecessor, Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), resigned to take political responsibility for the accident.

TRA Deputy Director-General Tu Wei. CNA file photo
TRA Deputy Director-General Tu Wei. CNA file photo

The TRA's top position has been left vacant since former Director- General Chang Cheng-yuan (張政源) retired in January.

Tu got his bachelor's degree in Transportation and Communication Management Science from National Cheng Kung University and his master's degree in political science from National Taiwan University.

He is known for his expertise in service management, operational safety, client services and labor issues.

(By Lai Yu-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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