Taiwan’s Hsinchu Light Rail Planned to Open in 2033 | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Hsinchu light rail system is expected to enter service in 2033, the Hsinchu city government announced on Wednesday (April 13).
According to a Press release Released by the city government on Wednesday, Hsinchu Science Park has a population of 140,000, and traffic congestion is a long-lasting problem on roads connecting the city center and the science park, necessitating the introduction of an urban railroad transportation system.
The city government said the Hsinchu light rail system will have four lines that will cover the city’s downtown, science park, Taiwan High-Speed Rail (THSR) Hsinchu Station, Zhubei City, Hsinchu Science Park X and Hsinchu Fishing Port, by ANC. The light rail network will have a total length of 46.3 kilometers and 51 stations.
According to the city government, the construction of the red line has priority over other lines because it will connect important nodes in the city. The line will start at Hsinchu Station, run along Guangfu Road and enter Science Park along Xin’an Road before joining Xinzhuang Station and THSR Hsinchu Station.
The red line will be 14 km long and have 15 elevated stations, the city government said, adding that after construction, the line will have a daily carrying capacity of about 125,000 passengers.
Mayor of Hsinchu, Lin Chih-chien (林智堅), said the red line will connect Taiwan and THSR railway stations as well as National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, National Tsing Hua University and Research Institute in industrial technology.
The city’s transport ministry said a feasibility study for the light rail system is expected to be approved by the Ministry of Transport and Communications before the end of this year, and full planning for the project will be launched as soon as the study is approved, CNA reported.