Taipei (pop. 2.7 million) , the
capital city of Taiwan, is developing a network of 4 conventional mainly
underground metro lines and 1 automated elevated light rail metro line.
For many years, the red, green and orange lines have been operated jointly
as only parts of the planned routes had been finished. As of Oct 2012,
only the red and green lines remain interlaced in the city centre.
March 1996: Muzha Line Taipei
Zoo - Zhongshan Jr. High School
25 Dec. 1997: Tamsui Line Tamsui (Danshui) / Xinbeitou - Main Station
24 Dec. 1998: Zhonghe Line Main Station - Guting - Nanshijiao
11 Nov. 1999: Xindian Line Guting - Xindian
31 Aug. 2000: Blue Line Longshan Temple - Xinpu
31 Aug. 2000: Xiaonanmen Line Ximen - C.K.S. Memorial Hall
29 Dec. 2000: Blue Line Taipei City Hall - Kunyang
31 May 2006: Blue Line Xinpu - Yongning
25 Dec 2008: Blue Line Kunyang - Nangang
04 July 2009: Neihu Line Zhongshan Jr. High School - Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
03 Nov 2010: Luzhou Line Zhongxiao Xinsheng - Luzhou
27 Feb 2011: Blue Line Nangang - Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
05 Jan 2012: Xinzhuang Line Daqiaotou - Fu Jen University
30 Sept 2012: Orange Line Zhongxiao Xinsheng - Dongmen - Guting
Photos © Hou Jan Liao & Lester Kao
In 2004, Taiwan introduced the commonly used transliteration of Chinese, therefore spelling may differ on maps (old spelling in brackets).
Photos © Lester Kao
Blue Line (Bannan Line, Line 3) is further under construction: Yongning to Dingpu: 31 July 2013
Songshan (Sungshan) Line: extension of Xindian (Hsintien) and Ximen (Hsimen) (Green) lines, towards the north then east through the city, 8.5 km, 7 stations, with transfers to Nangang (Nankang), Danshui (Tamshui), Xinchuang (Hsinchuang), and Muzha (Mucha) Lines. Transfer to Taiwan Railway at Songshan. Construction began in April 2004 for completion on 31 Dec 2013.
Xinyi (Hsinyi) Line: extension of Danshui (Red) Line to the east, providing fast transportation between Taipei Main Station and Taipei 101 (Taipei Financial Center); 6.4 km, 6 stations, underground. Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall - Elephant Mountain: 31 Dec 2012
Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System: Express metro to Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport from Taipei Main Station. Also includes Taoyuan Metro’s Blue line. Total: 51.5 km, 20 stations. - Zhongli – CKS-Airport – Sanchong: 2013 - Sanchong – Taipei Main Station (Underground): 2014
Line (Yellow Line): circular and peripheral line that intersects
10 of the current lines and lines under planning. VAL system.
Y6 Dapinglin, Y7 Shisichang, Y8 Jianshanjiao, Y9 Peace Preservation Police Corps, Y10 JingAn Stadion, Y11 Zhongshan Rd, Y12 BanNan Rd, Y13 Zhongzheng, Y14 Banxin, Y15 Banqiao New Station, Y16 MinSheng Rd, Y17 Touqianzhuang, Y18 Xingfu Rd, Y19 Wugu Industrial Area.
For more details and long-term projects visit Wikipedia
Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. Website (official, English version)
Taipei Rapid Transit (governmental)
Great map at Johomaps.com
Taipei Rapid Transit at Wikipedia