Keelung MRT plan finalized, to cost estimated NT$42.5 billion

02/22/2022 11:50 AM
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Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (right) thanks the central government
Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (right) thanks the central government's support for approving the Keelung MRT plan on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of Keelung City government

Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) The government has finalized a plan to build a mass rapid transit (MRT) line in Keelung that connects the northern city with New Taipei and Taipei, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said Tuesday.

The project was initially conceived as a light-rail line that would have cost an estimated NT$8 billion (US$286.97 million), but revising it to an MRT line will increase the cost to NT$42.5 billion, with the central government paying 77 percent of that, Su said.

The governments of the three cities being served by the line will share the rest of the bill, Su said, with the project expected to play an important role in the daily lives of people who reside and work in the Taipei-New Taipei-Keelung living circle.

Once completed, the line will have 13 stations and be able to transport 15,000 people an hour, up from the 5,000 an hour projected using the light rail system, he said.

(By Chen Chun-hua and Elizabeth Hsu)

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Update

Feb. 22: Government decides to build MRT instead of light rail system in Keelung

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