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Keelung-Cidu rail section to be shut next weekend

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

People considering outings next weekend may want to plan ahead because the railway section between Keelung and Cidu (七堵) will be closed for track-switching, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau said yesterday.

The tracks will be switched to a new route in accordance with a new urban planning project of the Keelung City Government that will move the Keelung Railway Station 200m south of its current location.

Because of the project, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) will suspend the railway service in this section as well. Both northbound and southbound passengers in the vicinity will have to use the Badu (八堵) train station, which will be the point of departure and the terminal station for both northbound and southbound train services next weekend.

As part of complementary measures, passengers who normally board trains in Keelung can take free shuttle buses to Badu, which will be available every six minutes between 11am and 9pm.

Buses during other hours will arrive every 10 to 15 minutes. TRA employees will be on the shuttle buses to help train passengers access the service.

To minimize the project’s impact on commuters, the track-switching project is scheduled to begin at 1am on Saturday next week and end at 4:30am on April 18.

The shuttle bus service at the Keelung station is scheduled to begin at 5am, with the last bus departing at 11:30pm. The shuttle bus service at the Badu station will begin at 5:30am, with the last leaving at 12:30am.

The bureau said that relocating the Keelung train station will cost NT$2.627 billion (US$90.6 million). Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2013.

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