Taiwan’s High-speed Rail: It’s Been a Rapid Learning Curve
This case traces the evolution of Taiwan's high-speed railroad from project inception in the late s until its financial problems in describing the planning efforts, ridership projections, financial plans and cost-benefit analysis involved in the project, as well as the contracting process for the project. This project was one of the largest infrastructure projects in the world and one of the largest infrastructure projects ever built, using a "public-private partnership" PPP - a method for infrastructure development where the private sector would build and operate a project for several decades and then transfer ownership to the government. However, in , after only two years of operation, Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation THSRC , the private consortium responsible for building and operating the high-speed rail system, was in deep financial trouble due to low ridership and the worldwide economic crisis. Unable to pay back the principal on its bank loans, the President of THSRC requested a meeting with Taiwan's Minister of Transportation and Communications asking to hand the railroad over to the government to run.
Bridge analysis, design and assessment. Pile-soil interaction modelling for High Speed Rail viaduct structures Automated viaduct model building Multi-modal spectral response analysis Faber Maunsell, a leading consulting firm for seismic design work, used LUSAS Bridge to assist in the design of seismic resistant viaduct structures and station guideways for Contract C on the Taiwan High Speed Rail Project. Track-structure interaction analysis derived relative movements and stresses within the rails under earthquake loading.
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