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KAOHSIUNG
 Taiwan

 System

The city of Kaohsiung lies in the south of Taiwan and has 1.3 million inhabitants.

Construction contracts for a network of 2 lines (one north-south and one east-west, 42.7 km) were awarded to a consortium led by China Steel and other local companies and Siemens in May 2000 to enter service in 2005. The first two lines are operated by Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation (KRTC). Trains for these two lines have been delivered from Siemens (view fact sheet).

Red Line - 30.6 km, 24 stations between Gangshan and Ciaotou in the north and Kaohsiung Airport and Siaogang in the south. 15 stations are underground, 8 elevated, and one at ground level.

Orange Line - 14.4 km, 14 stations between National Sun Yat-sen University in the west and Daliao in the east. All the stations are underground except for the ground level Daliao station, the line's eastern terminus.

 History

09-03-2008: Red Line officially opened (trial service) - Ciaotou Station - Siaogang

14-09-2008: Orange Line Sizihwan - Daliao

23-12-2012: Red Line Ciaotou - Gangshan South (2.3 km)

 Projects

A circular light rail line (at grade with level crossings) is being built to serve the central area (19.6 km with 32 stops).

Future plans include two more lines (blue and brown).

 

 Photos

 Links

Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation (KRTC - Official Website)

Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit Project

Light Rail Project

Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit at Wikipedia

 

 

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