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Taiwan gears up to promote rail transport

National railway construction projects are a key plank in the ROC government’s policy of promoting green transportation and reducing carbon emissions, according to the Council for Economic Planning and Development March 20.

“Lifting investment in public transport while promoting rail transportation is a feasible way of reducing private vehicle usage,” a CEPD official said.

“The government will continue allocating state resources to projects providing seamless connections to public transportation and strengthening their financial health in an effort to develop greener and more sustainable transportation systems.”

According to the CEPD, government investment in 2013 rail track construction, as a percentage of all major public infrastructure projects, will break the 30 percent mark for the first time. At the same time, the proportion set aside for road construction will drop below 20 percent.

The latest Ministry of Transportation and Communications data showed that investment in road construction dropped from NT$81.4 billion (US$2.73 billion) in 2009 to NT$36.5 billion in 2013, while rail track construction rose from NT$47.6 billion to NT$53.8 billion.
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