Vice Premier Eric Chu (朱立倫) and Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday inspected the construction project for the MRT’s Xinzhuang and Luzhou line, promising to strengthen cooperation as the two year-end election hopefuls used the occasion to campaign for November’s special municipality polls.
The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) is expected to nominate Chu as the candidate in the Sinbei City race, while Hau is likely to seek re-election in November.
“The cooperation between Vice Premier Chu and Taipei City has always been smooth,” Hau said after inspecting the line at Sanchung, Taipei County.
Chu said he and Hau share the goal of completing the line on schedule, adding that the most important mission would be focusing efforts on municipal construction projects.
The MRT Xinzhuang Line is a high-capacity extension of the Zhonghe Line with 16 stations. It will connect Taipei City to Sanchong and Xinzhuang in Taipei County, which will be upgraded in December and renamed as Sinbei City.
The line is scheduled to begin services in 2012.
Chu said that there are 10 MRT line projects in the greater Taipei area that will be completed by 2015, including the line to Taoyuan International Airport.
Chu added that Taipei City and Sinbei must join efforts to push for transportation construction across the two cities.
Meanwhile, in an interview with TTV yesterday, KMT Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) said Chu’s decision to run for election in Sinbei City has boosted the KMT’s momentum in the area.
King also lauded Hau for showing his determination to win the election against former DPP premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of the Democratic Progressive Party in Taipei City, and said the KMT was confident of their election chances in Sinbei and Taipei cities.
The KMT conducted polls earlier this week in Taipei City, greater Tainan City and greater Kaohsiung City among hopefuls, and the poll results will serve as a key reference point for the party in finalizing the candidate list.
King said that the party will start a second round of negotiations now that the poll results have been released, adding that the nomination mechanism is fair.
“There is only a slim chance that we would nominate hopefuls who did not top the polls. However, there should be flexibility in politics, and we will continue the negotiations in case some hopefuls refuse to accept the poll results,” he said.