The new Keelung Railway Station is scheduled to become operational next June, the Railway Reconstruction Bureau said.
The bureau said that the current station is antiquated and has limited room for further expansion, so it decided to build a new station on a different site, adding that the site of the old station could be utilized by the city government for new urban planning projects.
The bureau said that the new railway station would be able to accommodate 20,000 passengers per day, up from 18,000 in the old station.
The new station would be equipped with two platforms and four railway lines, the bureau said.
It added that passengers can walk to Miaoko Night Market (廟口夜市) as well as Chenggong (成功) and Anle (安樂) markets in 15 minutes from the new station’s southern exit, without having to cross the footbridge.
The northern exit leads to Keelung’s urban planning zone and the new seaport building, which facilitates the transportation for international tourists arriving on cruise ships.
The bureau added that the new station would be the nation’s first semi-underground station once it is finished.
Using the difference in altitude between Jhungshan 1st Rd and Gangsi Rd, the bureau said part of the railway tracks would be built under Jhungshan 1st Rd.
According to the bureau, the entire cost of the project is NT$2.63 billion (US$84.5 million).
Seventy-five percent of the construction has been completed so far.
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