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Ten Major Projects of Taipei -- A New Vision of Hope and Wealth Creation

In 1973 the Republ ic of China was hi t by the international financial crisis, rising food prices, and the first global oil crisis, and was also dealing with its recent forced exit from the United Nations. Taiwan was not only compelled to deal with an economic crisis, but with a national crisis of confidence and a threat to its survival. It was within this context that the central government unveiled its Ten Major Construction Projects (十大建設). At the darkest possible moment in the domestic and international environment, this unprecedented plan not only effected a fundamental transformation of Taiwan's infrastructure and industry but, even more importantly, presented a vision of hope to a people mired in an existential panic. With the government and people united, in just five short years Taiwan was reborn, becoming the first of the Four Little Dragons.

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Now, in the same spirit, Taipei Mayor Hau Lungbin has announced that the last two years of his term will be committed to the Ten Major Projects of Taipei (臺北新十大建設). Among the ten initiatives are four undertakings designed to bring comprehensive improvement to Taipei's transportation infrastructure and services – Taipei Twin Towers (臺北市雙子星大樓), Songshan Airport Development (松山機場開發), MRT New Construction (捷運新建工程), and a project called Fiber to the Home (FTTH; 光纖到府). The other six projects include the Taipei Cloud Computing Industrial Park (臺北市雲端產業園區), Taipei Information Park BOT Project (臺北資訊園區BOT案, also called Taipei Akihabara, 臺北秋葉原), Taipei Performing Arts Center (臺北藝術中 心), Taipei Pop Music Center (北部流行音樂中心), Taipei Audio-Visual Industrial Park (臺北影視音產業園區), and Taipei Green Pavilion (臺北城市綠丘), which will entail development of Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2 (世貿二館開發案). Together, these facilities will mold the development environment for local industry, enhancing enterprise creativity and competitiveness.

These ten facilities, targeted at transportation and industry, will serve as two cornerstones for economic development, creating a new vision. For example, though today the entire country is talking about cloud technology, Taipei is already taking action. It completed construction of its wireless broadband infrastructure a few years ago and is now taking the next step, laying a fiber-optic network along the city's storm-sewer grid. It is expected that in four years all citizens will have direct access to the system from their homes. With optical fiber in place the cloud industry can be fully and properly implemented. Work on both the Cloud Computing Industrial Park and Taipei Audio-Visual Industrial Park has already been launched.

The Ten Major Projects of Taipei will be the city's primary investment over the next five to ten years. Each undertaking, from design and planning to construction, requires significant investment of capital and talent. Each will be a powerful driver of growth in its surrounding area and industry. A good example is the MRT Nangang Line – if it did not exist, the Nangang Software Park (南港軟體園區) couldn't have been developed, and neither could the boom that the Nangang area is enjoying have been fostered. When the MRT Wanda, Xinyi and Songshan lines are opened, the prospects for the areas they travel through – Wanhua District (萬華區), Datong District (大同區), Zhongshan District (中山區), Songshan District (松山區), and Xinyi District (信義區) – will burn even brighter.

Once completed, the Ten Major Projects of Taipei will create a city of even greater prosperity and diversity – a prospect we all await with eager anticipation.

Ten Major Projects of Taipei_21. Taipei Twin Towers (臺北市雙子星大樓)
Capital Investment: NT$63 billion (private investment)
Construction Period: May 2014 ~ March 2018
Expected Benefits:
˙Employment of approximately 23,000 individuals after completion
˙Attraction of at least NT$20 billion in investment from abroad
˙Generation of approximately NT$30 billion in annual revenue
˙ Increase to annual government taxation revenue of approximately NT$1.1 billion
˙Addition to annual national income of approximately NT$6.5 billion
˙ Stimulation of minimum NT$58 billion for civil engineering, architecture, and construction market

2. Songshan Airport Development (松山機場開發)
Capital Investment: NT$40 billion (central government NT$10 billion; private sector NT$30 billion)
Construction Period: Earliest selection of developer end of 2014
Expected Benefits:
˙Employment of approximately 11,000 individuals after completion
˙ Associated industrial corridor, with a development area of approximately 5 hectares, expected to attract
NT$30 billion in commercial investment
˙ Generation of NT$16 billion in annual operational business volume
˙ With transformation into a Capital Commercial Airport (首都商務機場) as an objective, MICE, shopping, hotel, and aviation-related facilities are expected to be attracted, enhancing services for businesspeople in
Northeast Asia's four core cities (Taipei, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul)
˙ Establishment of Taipei's image as a core-city gateway will promote urban renewal in the surrounding
environs, and enhance Taipei's economic and trade competitiveness in the Asia region

Ten Major Projects of Taipei_33. MRT New Construction (捷運新建工程)
Capital Investment: MRT Songshan Line NT$49.93 billion (central government NT$14.124 billion, Taipei City Government NT$35.806 billion), MRT Xinyi Line NT$33.862 billion (central government NT$10.499 billion, Taipei City Government NT$23.363 billion). MRT Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line (Phase I) NT$51.265 billion (central government NT$23.728 billion, Taipei City Governmnet NT$15.441 billion, New Taipei City Government NT$12.097 billion provisionally allocated).
Construction Period: MRT Songshan Line August 2006 ~ December 2013 (completion date currently under review), MRT Xinyi Line April 2005 ~ February 2013; subsequent implementation of Xinyi Road environment and surface improvement, along with system stability testing and initial operation, to be conducted at the same time. MRT Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line (Phase I) November 2011 ~ December 2018 (review of scheduled work underway), primary civil engineering work scheduled to commence early 2014.
Expected Benefits:
˙ Enhanced Accessibility: When the Xinyi Line goes into operation, travel time between the Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station (台北101╱世貿站) and Taipei Main Station will be just 11 minutes; when the Songshan Line goes into operation, travel time between Taipei Arena Station (台北小巨蛋站) and Ximen Station will be just 9 minutes. With completion of MRT Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line Phase I and commencement of operations, travel time between Zhonghe LG08 Station (near intersection of Liancheng Road and Yuanshan Road; 近連城路、員山路口) and Taipei Main Station will be approximately 25 minutes.
˙ Increase in number of interchange stations: When the Xinyi and Songshan lines are complete, the Taipei MRT system will have seven additional interchange stations, and one additional station for interchange with the Taiwan Railways system. The Xinyi Line will connect with the Xindian Line at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Station, Xinzhuang Line at Dongmen Station, and Wenhu Line at Daan Station. The Songshan Line will connect with the Nangang Line at Ximen Station, Tamsui Line at Zhongshan Station, Xinzhuang Line at Songjiang Nanjing Station, Wenhu Line at Nanjing East Road Station, and at TRA Songshan Station. MRT Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line Phase I will interconnect the Muzha, Xindian, Zhonghe, Yonghe, Banqiao, and Xinzhuang areas.
˙ Sharing of Nangang Line Ridership: Congestion on the Nangang Line, which handles approximately 300,000 riders per day, will be relieved; usage of interchange functions at transfer stations will strengthen the transportation services and advantages of the entire metro network. The MRT Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line Phase I route will service the Wanhua, Yonghe, and Zhonghe districts, benefiting an estimated ridership of approximately 270,000.

Ten Major Projects of Taipei_44. Fiber to the Home (光纖到府)
Capital Investment: NT$38.6 billion (private investment)
Construction Period: 2013 ~ 2016
Expected Benefits:
˙ Provision of Low-Cost, High-Speed Fiber-Optic Service to Public: Provision of quality circuit service to citizens in bandwidths 100M and above; service rates lower than period rates announced by Chunghwa Telecom by 11% or more.
˙ Reduction of Public Expenditures: Provision of circuit rental service rates 7% lower than already contracted rates or GSN support for Taipei City Government offices, schools, and institutions; from a budget of NT$400 million, annual savings in public funds of NT$28 million are anticipated, and government circuit service quality will be enhanced.
˙ Enhancement of Information Education Quality: In concert with cloud education promotion, provision of bandwidth 100M and higher for schools, connection with TANet Center or Taipei City Government planned units, upgrading information education quality
˙ Protection of Disadvantaged Groups and Reduction of Digital Divide: To reduce the digital divide, a preferential 50% reduction in circuit rental rates will apply to low- and middle-income households, the physically and mentally challenged, members of indigenous peoples, underprivileged groups, and social-service groups.

Ten Major Projects of Taipei_55. Taipei Cloud Computing Industrial Park (臺北市雲端產業園區)
Capital Investment: NT$4.7 billion (private investment)
Construction Period: March 2014 ~ December 2016
Expected Benefits:
˙Employment of approximately 4,000 individuals after completion
˙Creation of NT$40 billion in output value
˙ After assignment of land-use rights, annual land-rental fees will flow to the Taipei City Government for the public treasury
˙During period of surface rights retention, property tax and business income tax will be augmented
˙ Parking facilities will be established as part of peripheral-area planning; in addition to statutory parking spaces, an additional minimum of 200 spaces for automobiles and 300 for motorcycles/scooters will be created, alleviating local-area parking problems
˙Provision of a total floor area of approximately 66,000 square meters for cloud industry utilization

6. Taipei Audio-Visual Industrial Park (臺北影視音產業園區)
Capital Investment: NT$35 billion (Taipei City Government NT$5 billion, private sector NT$30 billion)
Construction Period: January 2014 ~ December 2016
Expected Benefits:
˙Employment of approximately 5,994 individuals after completion
˙Government collection of approximately NT$1.2 billion in royalties
˙Government collection of approximately NT$1 billion in land rent
˙ Generation of opportunities for the construction and development industries in architecture, electric machinery, landscaping, etc.
˙ Provision of a high-quality creative space for professionals in the audio-visual field, fostering the cultivation of talent and enhancing the city's competiveness in the audio-visual sector

Ten Major Projects of Taipei_67. Taipei Information Park BOT Project (臺北資訊園區BOT案)
Capital Investment: Approximately NT$4.8 billion (private investment)
Construction Period: July 2010 ~ December 2013
Expected Benefits:
˙Employment of approximately 1,500 individuals after completion
˙ Collection of NT$1 billion in royalties by the government, land rent of approximately NT$23 million during period of operation, as well as property tax revenue
˙ Collection by central government of up to NT$7.06 billion in enterprise income tax and business tax during the 50-year contract period
˙ Estimated provision of 454 parking spaces for automobiles, 1,157 for motorcycles/scooters, alleviating peripheral-area parking problems
˙ Provision of at least 50% of floor space for utilization by information-related strategic industries, promoting information-related strategic industry development
˙ Stimulation of development and upgrading in the Bade electronics commercial district, and promotion of Taiwan's 3C consumer market internationally
˙ Integration of the area's cultural-creative industry, with the academic resources of nearby National Taipei University of Technology (臺北科技大學), Huashan 1914 Creative Park (華山1914文化創意產業園區), and Taipei Beer Culture Park (台北啤酒文化園區) at the core, driving surrounding-area business development

Ten Major Projects of Taipei_78. Taipei Performing Arts Center (臺北藝術中心)
Capital Investment: NT$5.37 billion (Taipei City Government)
Construction Period: February 2012 ~ December 2015
Expected Benefits:
˙Employment of approximately 2,376 individuals after completion
˙ Staging of at least 600 performances each year in the 3 theaters, with attendance estimated at up to 450,000, and with up to 150,000 tourist visits to the peripheral area; it is anticipated this complex will be a multifunctional, high-density attraction of international appeal – a“value network for the culture, arts, and tourism industries”– and based on overseas examples is expected to generate US$1.8 in other sectors for every US$1 spent in direct arts and culture consumption
˙ Location close to a concentration of transportation, city government, banking and finance, and arts and culture facilities will enhance this as a high-quality living area, and also enhance the city's overall infrastructure and quality of life

9. Taipei Pop Music Center (北部流行音樂中心)
Capital Investment: NT$4.45 billion (central government)
Construction Period: 2013 ~ 2016
Expected Benefits:
˙ Employment of approximately 2,600 individuals after completion
˙ Annual pop-music industry output value of approximately NT$1.77 billion is anticipated as of the third year of formal operations, including performance-facility venue income and ticket revenue, incubation center and recording studio utilization, and other sources; with the center's shopping street and restaurants included, total on-site business output value may reach NT$3.6 billion annually
˙ Annual training of 500 pop-music industry personnel three years after formal commencement of operations, with gradual increase to 1,000 annually with operations development
˙ Attraction of at least 800,000 visitors annually to enjoy the center's diversity of activities and cultivated artistic ambience

10. Taipei Green Pavilion (臺北城市綠丘); Taipei World Trade Center Hall 2 Development (世貿二館開發案)
Capital Investment: NT$45 billion (private investment)
Construction Period: November 2013 ~ December 2016
Expected Benefits:
˙ Employment of approximately 7,165 individuals after completion
˙ Collection of NT$26.888 billion by Taipei City Government, plus annual collection of NT$230 million in land rental fees after assignment of land-use rights for the public treasury
˙ During period of surface rights retention (fifty years), the city government's collection of property tax, enterprise income tax, and business tax will be augmented
˙Addition of at least 31 parking spaces for coaches/buses, alleviating peripheral-area parking problems
˙ Upgrading and stimulation of Xinyi Commercial District tourism and MICE development, enhancing the city's international image in helping to create a premier comprehensive-function commercial district.

  • Hit: 2015
  • Updated: 2013-4-10 10:21
  • Reviewed: 2013-4-10 10:21

  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government