MOL Drybulk recently transported the first 50 new intercity express trains to Taiwan from Japan on one of their vessels.

The trains arrived at Hualien Port from Japan last week and could be put into commercial operation by Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) on the east coast line by the end of this year.

The new EMU3000 trains provide a 40 percent increase in passenger capacity over the existing Puyuma and Taroko express trains currently in service, Transportation Minister Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) said during a delivery ceremony in Hualien County.

The railway agency has ordered a total of 600 cars from Hitachi, which are to be delivered in several batches until 2024.

The TRA said a total of seven trains are due to be delivered this year, 15 in 2022 and 16 in 2023 before the rest are delivered the following year.

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