Taiwan High Speed Rail
Client: Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: program management, planning, design and construction services
Traveling at top speeds of 186 miles (300 kilometers) per hour, trains on Taiwan’s High Speed Rail system make the 214-mile (345-kilometer) trip between Taipei in the north and Kaohsiung, the country’s southernmost seaport, in as little as 90 minutes.
Parsons Brinckerhoff worked on the initial feasibility studies in the early 1990s and supported the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation with program management, planning, design, construction, and operations and maintenance services to help the deliver the project—on schedule and under budget—in January 2007.
At a cost of $18 billion, the Taiwan High Speed Rail was one of the largest build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects in the world. The line consists of 30 miles (48 kilometers) of tunnels, 160 miles (260 kilometers) of viaducts and bridges, 25 miles (40 kilometers) of cut-and-fill, eight stations and five maintenance facilities. The line features Japanese-built trains and high-speed Shinkansen technology in its first application outside Japan.
The Taiwan High Speed Rail represents a viable alternative to the automobile, with significant benefits in reduced emissions and improved air quality.