Blue Line (Taipei Metro)

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Blue Line (Bannan-Tucheng Line)
藍線(板南土城線)
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Blue Line Platform at Taipei Main Station
Overview
Other name Bannan Line
Type Rapid transit
Locale Taipei, Republic of China
Termini Yongning
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
Stations 23
Operation
Opening December 24, 1999
Operator(s) Taipei Rapid Transit System
Character Underground
Depot(s) Nangang Depot, Tucheng Depot
Rolling stock Siemens C321 and 341, Kawasaki C371
3 cars per set, 2 sets per train
Technical
Line length 28.2 km (17.5 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification Third rail (750 volts DC)
Operating speed 80 km/h
Blue Line (Taipei Metro)
Traditional Chinese 藍線
Simplified Chinese 蓝线
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 板南土城線
Simplified Chinese 板南土城线

The Taipei Metro Blue Line is a high-capacity rapid transit line comprises three sections: Nangang Line, Banqiao Line, and Tucheng Line. The lines are divided at Ximen Station and Fuzhong Station, and offer through traffic to one another. When fully completed, it will have a total of 23 stations serving the Nangang, Xinyi, Daan, Zhonghsan, and Wanhua districts, as well as into the New Taipei districts of Banqiao and Tucheng.

The Banqiao and Nangang Lines are collectively called the Bannan Line. The entire line runs underground. The excavation of tunnels using the cut-and-cover method resulted in large scale detouring of road traffic. Because of that, the line runs beneath existing roads and totals 28.3 km (17.6 mi).

Overview[edit]

Current services terminate at Yongning and Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center. Dingpu is currently under construction and will become the other terminus of the line (replacing Yongning) when it is completed. It is expected to be operational in 2014.

While current services run the full-length line from Yongning to Nangang, a shorter route from Far Eastern Hospital to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center is being run during rush hour traffic.

History[edit]

  • November 8, 1990: The Nangang Line begins construction.
  • December 30, 1991: The Taipei Main Station western underground passageway opens.
  • December 24, 1993: Nangang Line construction at the intersection of Zhongxiao East Rd. and Shaoxing Rd. caves in, causes traffic jams.
  • October 30, 1998: Construction is completed on the tunnel between Kunyang and Houshanpi.
  • December 24, 1999: The segment from Taipei City Hall to Longshan Temple begins revenue service.
  • August 31, 2000: The segment from Longshan Temple to Xinpu begins revenue service.
  • December 30, 2000: The segment from Kunyang to Taipei City Hall begins revenue service.
  • September 17, 2001: Typhoon Nari floods many Nangang Line stations, rendering them nonoperational.
  • November 29, 2001: Typhoon-damaged Taipei Main Station re-opens for service.
  • December 30, 2003: The Nangang Line eastern extension to Nangang begins construction.
  • November 17, 2004: The Nangang Line eastern extension to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center begins construction.
  • May 27, 2006: The segment from Banqiao to Tucheng opens for trial operations.
  • May 31, 2006: The segment from Xinpu to Yongning begins revenue service.
  • May 16, 2008: The Nangang Line eastern extension to Nangang begins trial service.
  • December 25, 2008: The Nangang Line eastern extension to Nangang begins revenue service.
  • February 27, 2011: The rest of the Nangang Line eastern extension to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center opened for service.[1]

Planned dates[edit]

  • July 2014: The Tucheng Line extension to Dingpu Station will begin revenue service.

Stations[edit]

  • Nangang, Banqiao, and Tucheng Lines connect through to each other. Service routes are divided into:
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center - Yongning
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center - Far Eastern Hospital.
Operation Code Station Name Line Transfer Location
English Chinese
BL18 Nangang Exhibition Center 南港展覽館 Nangang
Line
Brown Line Nangang Taipei
BL17 Nangang 南港 TRA Western Line
Taiwan High Speed Rail (TBD)
BL16 Kunyang 昆陽
BL15 Houshanpi
(Wufenpu Commercial Zone)
後山埤
(五分埔商圈)
Nangang
Xinyi
BL14 Yongchun 永春 Xinyi
BL13 Taipei City Hall 市政府
BL12 Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall 國父紀念館 Yellow Line (TBD) Xinyi
Da'an
BL11 Zhongxiao Dunhua 忠孝敦化 Da'an
BL10 Zhongxiao Fuxing 忠孝復興 Brown Line
BL9 Zhongxiao Xinsheng
(Natl. Taipei Univ. of Tech.)
忠孝新生
(台北科大)
Orange Line Da'an
Zhongzheng
BL8 Shandao Temple 善導寺 Zhongzheng
BL7 Taipei Main Station 台北車站 Red Line
TRA Western Line
Taiwan High Speed Rail
Taoyuan Airport MRT (2014)
BL6 Ximen 西門 Nangang/Banqiao
Line
Green Line (2014) Zhongzheng
Wanhua
BL5 Longshan Temple 龍山寺 Banqiao
Line
Wanhua
BL4 Jiangzicui 江子翠 Banqiao New Taipei
BL3 Xinpu 新埔
BL2 Banqiao 板橋 TRA Western Line
Taiwan High Speed Rail
Yellow Line (2015)
BL1 Fuzhong
(Lin Family Mansion and Garden)
府中
(林家花園)
Banqiao/Tucheng
Line
BL40 Far Eastern Hospital 亞東醫院 Tucheng
Line
BL39 Haishan 海山 Tucheng
BL38 Tucheng 土城 Wanda-Zhonghe-Shulin Line (2020)
BL37 Yongning 永寧
BL36 Dingpu 頂埔 Sanying Line (TBD)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MRT Nangang extension to start operations". Focus Taiwan News Channel. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-24.