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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Wanda Line Phase II Tucheng Section

MRT Wanda line traverses Taipei City and New Taipei City, and Phase I construction is expected to be completed in 2027. Phase II has reached a new milestone following the commencement of section contract CQ890 construction in November 2022 with the groundbreaking ceremony for section contract CQ880A construction for the underground section of the Tucheng section being held on March 28 at Section 3, Jincheng Road, Tucheng District, New Taipei City. Taipei City Deputy Mayor Lin Yi-hua and New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih co-hosted the ceremony, and distinguished VIP guests were invited from all walks of life to pray together for the smooth completion of the project on schedule and in accordance with quality standards. 

DORTS Second District Project Office (2nd DPO), which is responsible for this section, pointed out that Wanda line Phase II construction is divided into the following three section contracts: CQ880A, CQ880B, and CQ890. The section contract for which the ground was broken, section contract CQ880A, was awarded in December last year to the co-bidders, the domestic construction company Far Eastern General Contractor Inc., and the Japanese company IWATA CHIZAKI INCORPORATION, for NT$11.59 billion. 2nd DPO stated that with a total length of 2.84km, the scope of the section contract runs from the cut-and-cover tunnel (not included) on the western side of Wanda line Phase I Station LG08 and extends to the daylight section of Jincheng Road, Tucheng District. Furthermore, along the line there are two underground stations (LG09 and LG10), three sections of shield tunnel, and one daylight section of cut-and-cover tunnel.

In her speech Deputy Mayor Lin mentioned that in addition to connecting with Phase I, Wanda line Phase II also connects with Huilong Station on the Zhonghe-Xinlu line. In the future this co-constructed station will interchange with the Taoyuan MRT Brown line and be constructed by Taipei City DORTS. Following the completion of construction, it will not only expand the scope of the Taipei MRT system’s services but also integrate the benefits of the overall transportation network in the Taipei, New Taipei, and Taoyuan metropolitan area, and in the future living circles in northern Taiwan will be more closely integrated through the route network.

Deputy Mayor Lin also stated that with a total length of approximately 22.8km, following the completion of construction of Wanda line in its entirety, travel times between Taipei City and New Taipei City will be dramatically reduced. For instance, traveling from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station to Station LG09 in Tucheng will only take 20 minutes, reducing the travel time by half compared with taking the bus. In addition to reducing travel times and costs, it will also be capable of reducing traffic congestion in the transport corridors of Zhonghe, Yonghe, and Tucheng Districts while also improving the efficiency of land use along the line.

2nd DPO stated that in consideration of operations scheduling requirements, the location of the depot serves as the dividing point for the phased construction. The route of Phase I is an entirely underground section running from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Station to the depot with a total length of 9.5km, and it entails the construction of nine underground stations and one depot. The route of Phase II runs from the depot to the Huilong section with a total length of 13.3km (the underground section is 2.84km and the elevated section is 10.46km), and it entails the construction of two underground stations and 11 elevated stations.

Deputy Mayor Lin also mentioned that she is well aware that the construction of MRT projects is considerably difficult and requested that the contractor make sure to carry out good ground traffic management. In addition to thanking the construction companies and the colleagues at DORTS for their diligent efforts, she also made a special appeal to people living along the route to be understanding and tolerant of inconveniences and impacts caused during the construction period. In addition, the section contract CQ880B will be handled following a budget review in the next few days, and she hopes that the contract will be awarded smoothly.

DORTS emphasized that following the completion of construction of the entire Wanda line, it will satisfy travel demands in Zhongzheng District and Wanhua District in Taipei City and Zhonghe District, Yonghe District, Tucheng District, Banqiao District, Shulin District, and Xinzhuang District in New Taipei City. It will also have connecting transfers with the Xinlu line, the Bannan line, the Songshan-Xindian line, and the Tamsui-Xinyi line. Among these connections, LG21 Huilong Station is a co-construction with transfers to Taoyuan MRT Brown line. It will dramatically increase the demand for transportation between Taipei City, New Taipei City, and Taoyuan City, and it is expected to provide the public with more convenient and smoother transportation.