Fenglin-Yuli train services in eastern Taiwan resume after earthquake

09/30/2022 06:16 PM
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A concrete canopy in Hualien
A concrete canopy in Hualien's Dongli Station collapses following a series of earthquakes that struck eastern Taiwan on Sept. 18. Dongli is located between Yuli and Fuli stations, where train services remain suspended. File photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration

Taipei, Sept. 30 (CNA) Train services between Fenglin and Yuli stations in eastern Taiwan's Hualien County resumed on Friday, after the completion of repairs to railway infrastructure following severe damage caused by a series of earthquakes that struck the region earlier this month, the state-run train operator said.

As a result, the only railroad section still closed due to the temblor is stretch of track between Yuli and Fuli stations to the south, near the county border with Taitung, according to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

It is expected that the 18.8 kilometer Yuli-Fuli section of the Eastern Trunk Line will resume normal operations by the end of the year, the TRA said.

Until then, passengers traveling on that section have to take replacement buses from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., which operate every 15 minutes and charge the same fare as local trains, according to the TRA.

However, a bus journey between the two stations is about 50 minutes, compared with 26 minutes by train.

Train services between Hualien and Taitung had been suspended since Sept. 18 after a series of earthquakes -- the strongest one measuring magnitude 6.8 on the Richter scale -- damaged overhead power lines, tracks, several railway bridges and other equipment, the TRA said.

Services between Hualien-Fenglin and Fuli-Taitung sections returned to normal on Sept. 22, it added.

(By Chang Chi and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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A replacement bus service stops to pick up passengers between Yuli and Fuli stations in Hualien County on Friday. Photo courtesy of a local resident
A replacement bus service stops to pick up passengers between Yuli and Fuli stations in Hualien County on Friday. Photo courtesy of a local resident
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