Monday, January 8, 2007 at 7:35 am

Taiwan’s Controversial High-Speed Railway

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Taiwan high-speed rail The Associated Press covers the debut of Taiwan’s high-speed rail service, including some of the technical glitches involved in ticket purchases; The New York Times provides background on the project’s long and controversial history:

But the system’s enormous cost — $15 billion, or $650 for every man, woman and child on Taiwan — has made it a subject of dispute. And a series of commercial disputes since the project began in 1980 has produced a remarkable hodgepodge: French and German train drivers who are allowed to speak only English with Taiwanese traffic controllers while operating Japanese bullet trains on tracks originally designed by British and French engineers.

Via Marcel.

Previously: High-Speed Rail News: Eurostar, Taiwan.

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