2019/9/16  
Premier Su Tseng-chang announces bullet train link to Pingtung (2019/09/10)
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  • 英文 English 
    Premier Su Tseng-chang announces bullet train link to Pingtung (2019/09/10)

    It’s official. Premier Su Tseng-chang announced today that the high-speed rail system will be extended to Pingtung County. The premier said the project would improve transportation in the area and make Taiwan more competitive. In his announcement, he emphasized that the project was not a maneuver to win votes for the DPP in 2020. But scholars say the HSR link wouldn’t benefit enough passengers to justify the cost.

    Kenting in Pingtung County is a popular destination during the summer holiday. In the future, tourists will be able to get there not just by train and bus, but also by high-speed rail.

    Su Tseng-chang
    Premier
    Some say that this project is an election gambit. I say, you’re underestimating President Tsai Ing-wen. You’re underestimating the premier, and you’re underestimating the people of Pingtung and Taiwan. What we’re planning -- what we want to build -- is not something for a transient election. It is for Taiwan to use for centuries to come.

    It’s official – the HSR is getting a Pingtung station. Premier Su emphasized that the project was not a strategy to win votes. But scholars question whether the extension is worth the cost.

    Chang Sheng-hsiung
    Tamkang University
    I believe that at this point in time, it is inadvisable to carry out this project. The geographical location of Pingtung is actually to the east of Zuoying. So the bullet train line would be extended to the east, to service only northern Pingtung. Places like Donggang, Linbian, Hengchun, and Chaozhou would not be covered. The new ridership would be extremely limited.

    Four proposals for the extension are on the table. Among them, a line that ends at Liukuaicuo is the cheapest and most favored. But scholars say that this line is likely to end up unused.

    Chang Sheng-hsiung
    Tamkang University
    In the future, because Pingtung’s ridership would not be very great, this line is likely to get just one service an hour. Some will think, “I can go to Zuoying, which has four to seven services every hour, and then take the regular train to Pingtung. Would that be better? Or should I wait for that hourly service to go to Pingtung?”

    Ko Wen-je
    Taipei mayor
    With transport infrastructure in general, we wouldn’t go so far as to oppose them. HSR projects give back in terms of small town and urban development. The problem is, with transport infrastructure, profits from urban development are claimed by consortiums and not the government. That’s when issues crop up with these self-liquidating projects.

    Opinions differ over the bullet train extension. Some scholars say putting the money into expanding the TRA, bus and coach lines would do more good for Taiwan’s transport system.

    中文 Chinese  
    高鐵南延屏東定案 學者憂經濟效益低

    行政院長蘇貞昌今天南下屏東,正式宣布高鐵即將南延至屏東,蘇貞昌強調這絕對不是開選前支票,而是為了台灣整體的交通網絡,讓台灣更有競爭力。但鐵道學者卻警告經濟效益不足,無法回收建設成本,還不如到優化台鐵班次更實際。

    坐落在屏東的墾丁,是不少遊客夏日首選,除了火車、客運,未來還有高鐵可以選擇。

    [[行政院長 蘇貞昌]]
    “有人說這是為了選舉,我說這太小看了蔡總統,太小看了行政院長,也太小看屏東人台灣人,我們要規劃的要建設的,不是為一時的選舉,是為台灣的百年久遠”

    高鐵確定要南延到屏東,蘇貞昌強調不是開選前支票,但學者跳出來警告。

    [[淡江大學運輸管理學系教授 張勝雄]]
    “我認為這個計畫,目前並不宜實施,屏東地理位置其實是在左營的東邊,所以整個路線往東延,它其實只照顧了屏北的部分,東港、林邊、恆春、潮州等等並沒有照顧到,新增的運量其實是非常有限的”

    高鐵南延有四個方案,其中以高鐵左營站延伸到將來位於屏東六塊厝高鐵屏東站最省,呼聲也最高,但學者認為,這個方案只會讓高鐵屏東站淪為蚊子館。

    [[淡江大學運輸管理學系教授 張勝雄]]
    “將來這個路線,因為屏東運量並不是很大,所以它每個小時的班次可能只有一班。到底是選擇說一小時有四到七班到左營,我換搭台鐵到屏東,這樣比較好呢,還是說我等一個小時一班到屏東”

    [[台北市長 柯文哲]]
    “一班來講交通建設,我們都不至於太反對,台灣高鐵一般可以回收的是造鎮、都市開發,問題是我們常講,交通建設做下去,都市開發的錢都被財團賺掉,也不是政府賺掉,才會造成自償性 (self-liquidating) 有困難”

    高鐵要不要南進,各方意見大不同,也有學者建議,與其花大錢發展新建設,不如優化既有的台鐵效能,搭配公車、客運路網,就能改善交通。
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