Bannan Line (Taipei Metro)
Blue Line Platform at Taipei Main Station
|Other name||Bannan Line, Bannan-Tucheng Line, Blue Line|
|Locale||Taipei, Republic of China|
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
|Opening||December 24, 1999|
|Operator(s)||Taipei Rapid Transit System|
|Depot(s)||Nangang Depot, Tucheng Depot|
|Rolling stock||Siemens C321 and C341
3 cars per set, 2 sets per train
|Line length||28.2 km (17.5 mi)|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Electrification||Third rail (750 volts DC)|
|Operating speed||80 km/h|
|Bannan Line (Taipei Metro)|
|Alternative Chinese name|
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Line 5 of Taipei Metro (Bannan Line or Blue Line) is a high-capacity rapid transit line comprises three sections: Nangang Section, Banqiao Section, and Tucheng Section. 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 Sections 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).
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 2015.
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.
- November 8, 1990: The Nangang Section begins construction.
- December 30, 1991: The Taipei Main Station western underground passageway opens.
- December 24, 1993: Nangang Section 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 Section stations, rendering them nonoperational.
- November 29, 2001: Typhoon-damaged Taipei Main Station re-opens for service.
- December 30, 2003: The Nangang Section eastern extension to Nangang begins construction.
- November 17, 2004: The Nangang Section 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 Section eastern extension to Nangang begins trial service.
- December 25, 2008: The Nangang Section eastern extension to Nangang begins revenue service.
- February 27, 2011: The rest of the Nangang Section eastern extension to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center opened for service.
- May 21, 2014: The 2014 Taipei Metro attack occurs between Longshan Temple and Jiangzicui when 21-year-old university student Cheng Chieh attacked passengers with a fruit knife, leading to 4 deaths and 24 injuries.
- June 2015: The Tucheng Section extension to Dingpu Station will begin revenue service.
- Nangang, Banqiao, and Tucheng Sections connect through to each other. Service routes are divided into:
|●||●||BL18||Nangang Exhibition Center||南港展覽館||Nangang||(B11)||Nangang||Taipei|
|●||●||BL17||Nangang||南港|| Western (097)
(Wufenpu Commercial Zone)
|●||●||BL13||Taipei City Hall||市政府|
|●||●||BL12||Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall||國父紀念館||[planned]||Xinyi
(Natl. Taipei Univ. of Tech.)
|●||●||BL7||Taipei Main Station||台北車站|| (R13)
|●||●||BL2||Banqiao||板橋|| Western (102)
(Lin Family Mansion and Garden)
|●||●||BL40||Far Eastern Hospital||亞東醫院||Tucheng|
|BL36||Dingpu [June 2015]||頂埔||[planned]|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Taipei Metro Blue Line.|
- "MRT Nangang extension to start operations". Focus Taiwan News Channel. 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-24.