Taiwan high speed rail


THSR
Taiwan High Speed Rail (abbreviated to THSR or HSR) is a high-speed rail line that runs approximately 345 km (214 mi) along the west coast of the Republic of China (Taiwan) from the national capital of Taipei to the southern city of Kaohsiung. For most of its length the line runs on viaducts or through tunnels with technology mainly based on Japan’s Shinkansen system mixed with European standards and system components.

Services began on January 5, 2007, using trains with a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph), which offer journey times from Taipei to Kaohsiung as short as 96 minutes. Ridership initially fell short of forecasts, but grew from fewer than 40,000 passengers a day in the first few months to over 100,000 passengers a day in 2010.

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