Formosa Boulevard Station

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Formosa Boulevard Station
美麗島站
KMRT Formosa Boulevard Station 09.jpg
Formosa Boulevard Station Exit 3
Location
Municipality Kaohsiung
District(s) Sinsing
Info
Type Underground
Platforms 2 side platforms (upper level)
1 island platform (lower level)
Accessible Handicapped/disabled access
History
Opened September 14, 2008
Rail services
Line(s)      Red Line (R10)
     Orange Line (O5)
Daily Ridership 11,551 (Jan. 2011)[1]
Operator(s) Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation
Aiga bus inv.svg There is a bus stop near this station.
Formosa Boulevard Station
Traditional Chinese 美麗島車站
Simplified Chinese 美丽岛车站
Former name
Traditional Chinese 大港埔車站
Simplified Chinese 大港埔车站

The Kaohsiung MRT Formosa Boulevard Station (Chinese: 美麗島站) is a metro station located in Sinsing District, Kaohsiung. It is a transfer station between the Red Line and the Orange Line.[2]

Overview[edit]

Formosa Boulevard Station is named after the Formosa Boulevard project, a remodelling of Kaohsiung's Jhongshan Road in preparation for the 2009 World Games.[3] The "Formosa" in Formosa Boulevard is in turn named after the incident when a group of Nationalists tried to ban copies of a magazine run by people linked with the Tangwai movement (now the Democratic Progressive Party). More information about this incident can be found in the article Kaohsiung Incident. Transferring from the Red line to the Orange line (or vice versa) takes roughly 4 minutes.

Station Design[edit]

The Dome of Light at Formosa Boulevard Station.

The station is a three-level, underground station with an island platform and two side platforms.[4] It is located at the junction of Jhongjheng and Jhongshan Road and has 11 exits. The Orange Line station is 334 metres long, while the Red Line station is 209 metres long.

The station is known for its "Dome of Light", the largest glass work in the world.[5] It was designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata.[6] It is 30 metres in diameter and covers an area of 2,180 square metres. It is made up of 4,500 glass panels.[7] The dome will be offered as venues for weddings.[8]

Station layout[edit]

Street Level Entrance/Exit Entrance/Exit, Public art "Prayer"
B1 Concourse Public art "Dome of Light"
Information Counter, automatic ticket machines, one-way faregates, toilets (Near exit 2, 4, 5, 7)
B2
Transit Zone Connecting with Platform 1,
stairs and escalators to the Red Line Platform
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Platform 1 KMRT Orange Line toward Sizihwan (City Council)
Platform 2 KMRT Orange Line toward Daliao (Sinyi Elementary School)
Side platform, doors will open on the right
Transit Zone Connecting with Platform 2,
stairs and escalators to the Orange Line Platform
B3 Platform 1 KMRT Red Line toward Siaogang (Central Park)
Island platform, doors will open on the left
Platform 2 KMRT Red Line toward Gangshan South (Kaohsiung Main Station)

Around the Station[edit]

  • Liuhe Night Market
  • Kaohsiung General Post Office
  • Sinsing Market
  • Nanhua Shopping Street
  • Kaohsiung Police Department, Sinsing Branch
  • Jhongshan and Jhongjheng Road Wedding Street

Nearby stations[edit]

Preceding station   Kaohsiung MRT   Following station
Red Line
toward Siaogang
toward Sizihwan
Orange Line
toward Daliao

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "統計資訊 > 統計月報". Transportation Bureau, Kaohsiung City Government. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  2. ^ "About the Stations". Kaohsiung rapid Transit Corporation. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  3. ^ "高市美麗島大道工程 明年八月展新貌". Epoch Times. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  4. ^ "美麗島站". 高雄捷運公司. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Kaohsiung throngs new MRT line". The China Post. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Bonus Taiwan". Bangkok Post. 2010-03-06. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  7. ^ "Dome of Light focus of rights talks". Taipei Times. 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Money-losing Kaohsiung MRT system pushing to increase revenues". Taiwan News. 2009-03-09. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 

Coordinates: 22°37′53.2″N 120°18′7.1″E / 22.631444°N 120.301972°E / 22.631444; 120.301972