Xiaobitan Branch Line (Taipei Metro)

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Xiaobitan Branch Line
小碧潭支線
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Overview
Type Rapid transit
Locale Taipei, Republic of China
Termini Qizhang
Xiaobitan
Stations 2
Operation
Opening September 29, 2004
Operator(s) Taipei Rapid Transit System
Character Elevated and Underground
Depot(s) Xindian Depot
Rolling stock Kawasaki C371
3 cars per set, 1 set per train
Technical
Line length 1.9 km (1.2 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
Route map
Xiaobitan Branch Line (Taipei Metro)
Simplified Chinese 小碧潭支线
Traditional Chinese 小碧潭支線

The Taipei Metro Xiaobitan Branch Line is a high-capacity, elevated branch line of the Xindian (Sindian) Line (Green Line). Although it is a high-capacity line, only 1 train set (3 cars) is currently being used.[1] The station itself is built inside the Xindian Depot.[2][3] The branch line is 1.9 km (1.2 mi) long and has two stations.

History[edit]

  • September 24, 2004: Xiaobitan Line opens for free trials.
  • September 29, 2004: Xiaobitan Line begins revenue service.
  • July 22, 2006: A three-car train set built especially for the Xiaobitan Branch Line begins operations.
  • October 6, 2007: Due to strong winds from Hurricane Krosa, service was temporarily suspended from 3:30 PM.[4]

When the line first opened, some people complained about noise problems.[5] Thus, sound-muffling walls were built along the tracks coming into the station.

Rolling stock[edit]

Since the opening of the spur line in 2004, two versions of rolling stock were used. Since there is only one train on this line, the train that ran from 2004 to 2007 was a train of C341 cars, and the current train is a set of C371 cars.

The line has a capacity of 4,140 passengers per hour.[5]

Stations[edit]

Code Station Name Transfer Location
English Chinese
G3 Qizhang 七張 Xindian Line Xindian New Taipei
G1A Xiaobitan
(Xindian Senior High School)
小碧潭
(新店高中)

Xindian Depot[edit]

The Xindian Line Depot is part of this station. A joint development project to construct an artificial ground area for commercial, residential, and office buildings is under construction.[6] The completion of the project would reduce noise pollution from passing trains and would allow for recreation, entertainment, and work through mixed-use architecture.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "新店線小碧潭支線 第一列電聯車公開展示". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  2. ^ "First Stage of Taipei MRT (already under Revenue Service)". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  3. ^ "Xiaobitan line to be halted temporarily in off-peak". The China Times. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  4. ^ "Transportation hit by Typhoon Krosa". Taipei Times. 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  5. ^ a b "Small protest mars opening of MRT branch". Taipei Times. 2004-09-30. Retrieved 2010-06-15. 
  6. ^ "新店機廠聯合開發案人工地盤鋼構吊裝作業". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2008-11-01. Retrieved 2010-06-19.