Ximen Station

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Ximen Station
西門站
Platform 1 in Ximen Station.JPG
Ximen Station platform
Location
Municipality Taipei
District(s) Zhongzheng, Wanhua
Address No. 32-1, Baoqing Road
Info
Type Underground
History
Opened December 24, 1999
Rail services
Line(s)      Nangang Line (BL6)
     Xiaonanmen Line (G13)
Daily Ridership 117,753 (2011)[1]
(Ranked 3rd of 89)
Operator(s) Taipei Rapid Transit System
Aiga bus inv.svg There is a bus stop near this station.
Ximen Station
Traditional Chinese 西門站
Simplified Chinese 西门站

The Taipei Metro Ximen Station is located between the Zhongzheng and Wanhua districts in Taipei City, Taiwan. It is a transfer station on the Nangang Line, Banqiao Line, and Xiaonanmen Line. It will become a terminus for the Xindian Line before opening for traffic on the Songshan Line in 2013.[2]

The station is named for the old west gate of the city, whose location is roughly where the current station is located.

Station overview[edit]

Ximen Station Concourse
Ximen Station Exit 6, which opens at the Ximending Pedestrian Zone
An unused Xiaonanmen Line platform. It will become fully operational with the opening of the Songshan Line.

The station is a three-level,[3] underground structure with two island platforms and six exits.[4] The two platforms are stacked, thus allowing for cross-platform interchange when the Songshan Line begins service. Washrooms are inside the entrance area. In November 2010, the daily ridership at Ximen Station was 112,000,[5] making it the fourth busiest station on the network, just behind Taipei Main Station, Taipei City Hall and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station.

It is situated under Zhonghua Rd, at the intersection of Chengdu Rd, Hengyang Rd, and Baoqing Rd. The station is also connected to the Ximen Underground Mall (not yet open for revenue service but allowed for passageway).

Exit 6 is heavily used by young people accessing the Ximending shopping area. The exit opening is set at the top of the pedestrian zone, although there is still vehicular traffic in that area. The station is often crowded on weekends, especially in the afternoon.

History[edit]

TRA Station[edit]

  • During Japanese rule, the station was called "Shinkichō" (新起町) Field. It was specifically for refueling and its location is roughly where the current station is today.
  • After the war during post-war rebuilding, the station's name was changed to the current "Ximen Station". However, the station location had disappeared due to illegal construction, so the station could not be reconstructed. Since the movement of railroads in the city underground, the station has since become an emergency station.

Ximen Station used to be a station on the TRA Western Line. However, now the underground area is only used as an emergency station and not open for revenue service.

Taipei Metro Station[edit]

In the past, plans for the Taoyuan Airport MRT had this station as a terminus. However, the route has since been altered and the station is no longer on the planned route.

Station layout[edit]

L1 Street Level Exit/Entrance
B1 Concourse Lobby, toilets, one-way ticket machine, information desk
Ximen Underground Passageway, 7-Eleven (outside fare zone)
B2 Platform 1      Nangang Line toward Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (Taipei Main Station)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform 2      Xiaonanmen Line toward Taipower Building (Xiaonanmen)
B3 Platform 3      Banqiao Line toward Yongning or Far Eastern Hospital (Longshan Temple)
Island platform, doors will open on the left, right
Platform 4      Xiaonanmen Line toward Taipower Building (Xiaonanmen)

Exits[edit]

  • Exit 1: Intersection of Hanzhong St. and Chengdu Rd.
  • Exit 2: Zhonghua Rd. Sec. 1
  • Exit 3: Baoqing Rd.
  • Exit 4: Hengyang Rd. Accessibility Elevator
  • Exit 5: Intersection of Zhonghua Rd. Sec. 1 and Xiushan St.
  • Exit 6: Intersection of Hanzhong St. and Chengdu Rd. Accessibility Elevator

Around the station[edit]

Preceding station   Taipei Metro   Following station
toward Yongning
Blue Line
Terminus Xiaonanmen Line

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Passenger Volume at Taipei Rapid Transit Stations". Taipei City Department of Transportation. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Taiwan Quick Take: MRT line breaks ground". Taipei Times. 2006-08-20. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ "營運路段 - 南港線西段". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-11-28. 
  4. ^ "Route Map: Ximen Station". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  5. ^ 台北市政府交通局 首頁 > 業務資訊 > 統計資訊 > 交通統計月報 > 當期交通統計月報(另開視窗下載)
  6. ^ "National Taipei College of Nursingel". National Taipei College of Nursing(Taiwan). 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 

Coordinates: 25°02′34″N 121°30′31″E / 25.0427238°N 121.508577°E / 25.0427238; 121.508577