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Chientan  © Hou Jan Liao Taipei (pop. 2.7 million), the capital city of Taiwan, has been developing a network of four conventional mainly underground metro lines and one automated elevated light metro line (now [1] Wenhu Line). For many years, the red, green and orange lines were operated jointly as only parts of the planned routes had been finished. From Oct 2012, only the red and green lines remained interlaced in the city centre until they were eventually disentangled in Nov 2014 when the long-planned line layout was able to be implemented with the completion of the Songshan Line. The network now comprises five lines and two shuttle services, plus the Taoyuan Airport Metro opened in 2017. A Japanese-style line and station coding system was also introduced in 2017, replacing the short-lived line numbers.

 Brown Line [BR]
 Wenhu Line

Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center - Taipei Zoo; 25.7 km, 24 stations, mostly elevated (~4.4 km underground); rubber-tyred VAL system, formerly "Line 1"

28 March 1996: Taipei Zoo - Zhongshan Jr. High School
04 July 2009: Zhongshan Jr. High School - Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center

Wenhu Line Wenhu Line Wenhu Line
Red Line [R]
 Tamsui-Xinyi Line

Tamsui - Xiangshan; 32.3 km, 30 stations, 18.8 km above ground, formerly "Line 2"
+ Xinbeitou Branch Line: Beitou - Xinbeitou; 1.2 km (above ground), 2 stations

25 Dec 1997: Tamsui / Xinbeitou - Taipei Main Station
24 Dec 1998: Taipei Main Station - Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
24 Nov 2013:
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - Xiangshan (6.4 km)

Tamsui-Xinyi Line Tamsui-Xinyi Line Tamsui-Xinyi Line
Green Line [G]
 Songshan-Xindian Line

Songshan - Xindian; 11.2 km, 20 stations, completely underground, formerly "Line 3"
+ Xiaobitan Branch Line: Qizhang - Xiaobitan; 1.9 km, 2 stations, 0.5 km above ground

11 Nov 1999: Guting - Xindian
31 Aug 2000: Ximen - C.K.S. Memorial Hall
29 Sept 2004:
Qizhang - Xiaobitan
15 Nov 2014: Ximen - Shongshan
(8.5 km)

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Orange Line [O]
 Zhonghe-Xinlu Line

Luzhou / Huilong - Nanshijiao; 31.5 km, 27 stations, completely underground, , formerly "Line 4"

24 Dec 1998: Main Station - Guting - Nanshijiao
03 Nov 2010: Zhongxiao Xinsheng - Luzhou
05 Jan 2012: Daqiaotou - Fu Jen University
30 Sept 2012: Zhongxiao Xinsheng - Dongmen - Guting
29 June 2013: Fu Jen University - Huilong

Zhonghe-Xinlu Line Zhonghe-Xinlu Line Zhonghe-Xinlu Line
Blue Line [BL]
 Bannan Line

Dingpu - Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center; 28.2 km, 23 stations, completely underground , formerly "Line 5"

24 Dec 1999: Taipei City Hall - Longshan Temple
31 Aug 2000: Longshan Temple - Xinpu
31 May 2006: Xinpu - Yongning

25 Dec 2008: Kunyang - Nangang
27 Feb 2011:
Nangang - Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
06 July 2015: Yongning - Dingpu

Bannan Line Bannan Line Bannan Line
Yellow Line [Y]
 Circular Line

Western part of a future full circular line; all elevated; 15.4 km, 14 stations

To open late 2018: New Taipei Industrial Park - Dapinglin


Taoyuan Metro [A]
 Airport Line

The neighbouring city of Taoyuan is developing its own 5-line urban rail system. The Blue Line was designed to link some parts of the vast city to the new high-speed rail station and the airport, but later the project was merged with the Airport MRT project, so that trains will run through to Taipei serving all stations (every 15 min), while Airport Express trains will call every 15 minutes at some stations: New Taipei Industrial Park, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital as well as Airport Terminal 1 and Airport Terminal 2.

Taipei Main Station - Zhongli; 51.5 km, 25 stations - See our dedicated Taoyuan page!

02 March 2017: Taipei Main Station - Huanbei (regular service launched)

Airport MRT Airport MRT

28 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
24 Dec. 1999: Blue Line Taipei City Hall - Longshan Temple
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

29 Sept. 2004: Xindian Line - branch Qizhang - Xiaobitan
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
29 June 2013: Xinzhuang Line Fu Jen University - Huilong
24 Nov 2013: Xinyi Line Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall - Xiangshan (6.4 km)
15 Nov 2014: Songshan Line Ximen - Shongshan (8.5 km)
06 July 2015: Blue Line (L5) Yongning - Dingpu
02 March 2017: Airport MRT Taipei Main Station - Huanbei

In 2004, Taiwan introduced the commonly used transliteration of Chinese, therefore spelling may differ on maps (old spelling in brackets).


Circular Line (Yellow Line):
- Phase 2: Underground, 20.5 km, 15 stations. Taipei Zoo to Dapinglin and Wugu Industrial Park to Jiannan Road

Sanying Line: elevated 14.3 km route from southern Dingpu terminus of metro Line 5 to Yingge to the southeast of Taoyuan (12 stations). Construction beginning late 2016, with completion in 2023. In June 2016, a turnkey contract was signed with the ARH consortium led by Ansaldo STS, which includes RSEA Engineering Corp and Hitachi. Ansaldo will supply CBTC signalling, telecoms, power supplies, platform screen doors, automatic fare collection system, SCADA and depot equipment; Hitachi will supply 29 two-car trainsets.

For more details and long-term projects visit Wikipedia

Danhai Light Rail: partly elevated tram system under construction connecting with northern end of the Red Line [Wiki]

 TRA Suburban Rail

Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) operates Taipei suburban rail services. The main service is a single line from the historic northeastern port of Keelung to Taoyuan, west of Taipei. There are also two other lines, one from Pingxi, which joins the main route southwest of Keelung, the other is an extended line beyond Taoyuan to Hsinchu. Services are bundled together in the core corridor through Taipei, with a 21 km tunnel, opened in stages since 1989, from a point east of Nangang all the way to a western portal near Fuzhou station in New Taipei City, featuring five underground stations (Nangang, Songshan, Taipei Main Station, Wanhua and Banqiou). Track gauge is 1067mm and has overhead power supply. At peak hour there are 8 trains per hour, but this reduces to 4/5 tph as a base timetable.

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 Danhai Light Rail

At the northern end of the Red Line, in Tamsui in the municipality of New Taipei, a light rail system opened on 24 Dec 2018, with the "Green Mountain Line" running from metro station Hongshulin to Kanding (7.3 km); the route is elevated up to Tamsui District Office (5.2 km), while the rest is at grade with level crossings.

Rolling stock: low-floor trams (34.5 m long, 2.65 m wide)

New Taipei Metro - Danhai Light Rail (Official Website)

Danhai Light Rail at Wikipedia

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Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. Website (official, English version)

Taipei Rapid Transit (governmental)

Rapid Transit Projects

Great map at Johomaps.com

Taipei Metro at Wikipedia

Taoyuan at UrbanRail.Net


 Metro Photos

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Bannan Line Dingpu Station

Beitou  © Lester Kao Beitou   © Lester Kao Danshui © Lester Kao Inside MRT train © Lester Kao Jiantan access © Lester Kao Chientan station © Hou Jan Liao Muzha Line © Lester Kao Mucha Line © Hou Jan Liao
Photos Lester Kao & Hou Jan Liao

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