TAIWAN RAILWAY SYSTEM IN EL SALVADOR
Taiwan, a small island in the Asian continent, is amazing in so many ways. The people, the culture, the mix of different persons from everywhere around the world (and all of them, in a way or another, feeling in some point during their stay in Taiwan, that they somehow belong here and they are home), the infrastructure, the transportation system, and a long list of etc. I will ask for your permission of sharing my experience of living in Taiwan, and being more specific what would I like to implement in my own country, but first I will briefly talk about my country. I am from El Salvador, in Central America, a country with so many problems to be solved in many different areas. It is a small country as well (21,000 km2), and our population is of approximately 6.288.899 people. Among the problems to be solved, there’s one that takes special relevance and is the public transportation system, mainly in the capital city, San Salvador. One can say that our public transportation system is very efficient (a bus passes in front of a bus station every 20 seconds), but not effective for the whole traffic flow. There exist oversupply of buses. Just as simple as that. The bus transportation system is handled by private companies, not by the government. Another problem in San Salvador is the preponderance of individual motorized transportation (automobiles, pickup’s, motorcycles, Sub’s, etc.), added to the known oversupply of public transformation buses; those factors causes huge traffic jams over the most transited highways and roads of the capital city. So the question comes: what solution could be proposed in other to minimize this situation? It is very hard to don’t look at Taiwan’s public transportation system and think of implementing something similar in my country, specifically in the capital city. In 2011, over 863.4 million passengers used the rail systems in Taiwan, averaging 2.36 million passengers per day. Pretty impressive number, considering that San Salvador’s metropolitan area population is approximately of 2 million people. It is easy to imagine how many benefits it would bring to San Salvador’s traffic related problems, and of course, to the economy of the whole country as well. An advantage of El Salvador is that it already has a railway infrastructure (approximately 500 km of railroads), which means that some of them can be utilized to mobilize people to their destinies.