the airport link was stalled by the shenanigans of Ever Fortune, which got the BOT concession to build the line and run it for 30 years before handing it over to the government.
Ever Fortune need to expropriate land along the route of the track. Fair enough. However they also want to develop expropriated land for residential and commercial use. And they plan to build a dozen or so stations along the track too (so much for high speed access to the airport), to service what in some cases are paddy fields but which Ever Fortune sees as future commuter towns.
Cynics suggest Ever Fortune has hit upon a real estate development strategy - government concession to expropriate land which is bound to surge in value - in which airport access is incidental.
EF claims this is the only way the line will be financially viable.
Inevitably, Ever Fortune’s chairman is close to Lee Teng-hui whose administration handed out the concession.