Zhonghe Line (Taipei Metro)

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Zhonghe Line
中和線
Taipei Metro Logo(Logo Only).svg
Platform in Dingxi Station of the Taipei metro.JPG
Dingxi Station platform
Overview
Type Rapid transit
Locale Taipei and New Taipei,
 Republic of China (Taiwan)
Termini Nanshijiao
Guting
Stations 5
Operation
Opening December 24, 1998
Operator(s) Taipei Rapid Transit System
Character Underground
Depot(s) Zhonghe Depot
Rolling stock Kawasaki C371
3 cars per set, 2 sets per train
Technical
Line length 5.4 km (3.4 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
Zhonghe Line (Taipei Metro)
Traditional Chinese 中和線
Simplified Chinese 中和线

The Taipei Metro Zhonghe Line is a high-capacity, underground line and is part of the Orange Line. The 5.4 km route has 5 stations and runs from Nanshijiao and passes beneath the Xindian River into Taipei and terminates on the Xindian Line at Guting.[1] The Zhonghe Line is unique among Taipei Metro lines in that a melody similar to that used on the Tokyo Metro Namboku Line is used as a doors closing signal, and most stations feature a stacked side platform configuration.

History[edit]

On June 1992, the construction of Zhonghe Line began. It was the most difficult and arduous one among all lines of Taipei metro. The tunnels running through Zhonghe-Yonghe area had to pass under narrow streets, skyscrapers and crowded blocks, with limited spaces for underground station above ground. As a result, the whole neighborhood traffic had its so-called "Dark Ages" when the Cut-and-cover method was used for station platforms, concourses and crossovers during the 1990s. Besides the river-crossing section, the work suffered from biogas below the waterfront. After the construction, Zhonghe Line became more costly than all the other lines, 6,249 million NT dollars per kilometer.[2]

Since the line opened for service on December 24, 1998,[1] it has been the most important access to downtown Taipei for nearly half a million of commuters who live in the district.

Rolling stock[edit]

Over the years, three versions of rolling stock were used on this line, as well as on the through services between Nanshijiao and Beitou. Originally, the line used a large fleet of C301 train sets. In 1999, only a few C341 train sets were used. In 2007, some C371 train sets were introduced. Today, the entire fleet used on this line is the C371 train sets after the original C301 train sets were confined to the Tamsui and Xindian Lines upon the opening of Dongmen Station on September 30, 2012.

Stations[edit]

Jhonghe Line.PNG

Code Station Name Transfer Location
English Chinese
→ Continues through Xinzhuang Line (then Luzhou Line)
O15 Guting 古亭 Xindian Line
Xiaonanmen Line
Zhongzheng
Da'an
Taipei
O16 Dingxi 頂溪 Yonghe New Taipei
O17 Yongan Market 永安市場 Yonghe
Zhonghe
O18 Jingan 景安 Circular Line (TBD) Zhonghe
O19 Nanshijiao 南勢角

Completion of the Orange Line[edit]

With the completion of the Luzhou Line and a part of the Xinzhuang Line in 2010, as well as the opening of Dongmen Station in 2012, trains now connect through to the Luzhou Line or Xinzhuang Line instead of the Tamsui Line or the Xindian Line at Guting. This means that trains will travel from Nanshijiao to either Luzhou or Huilong respectively.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "First Stage of Taipei MRT (Already under Revenue Service)". Department of Rapid Transit Systems, TCG. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-08-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ 《都市捷運:規劃與設計(下)》,張志榮著