TAITUNG RAIL STATION AREA NEEDS MORE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT|台東車站改建中 民眾盼改善周邊發展

16 years ago, the Taitung Train Station was moved out of downtown Taitung as part of the city's urban development plan, but almost two decades later, the neighborhood around the new location is still rather underdevleoped. As the train station is now undergoing renovation, local residents hope something can be done too to spur development.


3 years ago, the Puyuma train first entered the Taitung station, so that Taitung rail transit took a big step forward. The number of passengers is now an average of over 8,000 people a day. However, the development around Taitung station has been slow, only the car rental industry and hostels flourish, there are few shops and restaurants and many visitors taking the train to Taitung, feel the station is a little desolate.

==MR. TSANG Vistor from Hong Kong==
There's nothing much here to go with the train station. Not that many restaurants to eat at.

==MS. KAO Member of the Public==
There is nothing here, no restaurants, no shops, nothing.

16 years ago, the Taiwan Railway Administration and Taitung County government discussed the relocation of Taitung Railway Station, to let the old Taitung City urban area expand, so it was moved to the outskirts of Taitung at Yanwanli. However, 16 years later, the land surrounding Taitung Station has become a city planning area, bought and sold by construction companies and financial consortiums to develop into a commercial area, but this still depends on the market mechanism.

==WU CHING-JUNG Director, Publicwork Bureau, Taitung County Government==
There are few commercial facilities there, and that is to some extend the result of supply and demand. There are not enough visitors.

==MR. LIU Local Resident==
There seem to be plans for a food court to be built near the station, but I don't think it would only make limited difference.

Taitung Railway Station is now undergoing renovation, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. People look forward to the government playing a motivating role, so that the development around Taitung Railway Station is not so sparse.

TRANSLATED BY:CLARE LEAR

台東火車站,16年前蓋好啟用,打通了台東南北軌道交通,可是車站週邊發展遲緩,感覺荒涼。現在台東車站正在改建,預計今年底完工,民眾希望改造之後,縣政府也能一併,妥善規畫周邊發展。



3年前普悠瑪號開進了台東車站,台東軌道交通運輸再向前跨出一大步,旅客人數現在平均每天超過8千人次。可是台東車站周邊的發展緩慢,只有租車業和民宿業很興盛,商店和餐飲業不多,遊客來搭火車到台東,一出車站感受到只有一片荒涼。

==香港遊客 曾先生==
這裡其實它也沒有什麼配套
可能吃的地方也沒有那麼多

==民眾 高小姐==
它附近就是沒有任何的機能
你要吃的或是要買個什麼東西
就什麼都沒有

16年前台鐵和台東縣政府討論遷建台東火車站站址,當時為了讓舊有狹小的台東市區能向外拓展,於是遷建到台東市郊的岩灣里,但是16年過去,台東車站周邊的土地都變成都市計畫區,也被建商和財團買走,要發展成商業區,可能還是要看市場機制。

==台東縣建設處長 吳慶榮==
至於說商業設施目前比較少
這個就是靠市場需求
大概現在說
遊客人數也沒有到那麼多

==當地民眾 劉先生==
火車站那邊
也要好像做美食的規劃
我覺得那個還是有限

台東火車站現在正在改建翻新,預計今年年底完工,不過民眾還是期待政府能扮演火車頭的角色,讓台東火車站周邊的發展不要再這麼荒涼。

記者 章明哲 台東報導