Long-Delayed Taiwan MTR Line Finally Op…

After 20 years of political trench warfare and a flawed tender process, travelers arriving at Taiwan’s main gateway, the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, will finally get a gleaming new train to take them into Taipei. The long-delayed Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line linking Taoyuan and Taipei is finally completed and opened to the public on Feb. 15 following an inaugural period reserved for government officials. In addition to the extended time it took to bu8ld it, it cost the otherwise nimble and industrious Taiwanese US$3.8 billion (excluding land prices) to get the 51 km line running, casting serious doubt on the competence of political decision-makers and officials in charge of public procurement.

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