This article relies largely or entirely on a single source. (April 2017)
Blue Line Platform at Taipei Main Station
|Other name(s)||Blue Line|
|Locale||Taipei, Republic of China|
Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
|Opened||24 December 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||26.6 km (16.5 mi)|
|Number 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|
|Alternative Chinese name|
|Second alternative Chinese name|
The Bannan or Blue line (code BL) is a line of the Taipei Metro named after the districts it connects: Banqiao and Nangang. It has a total of 23 stations serving the Nangang, Xinyi, Daan, Zhongshan, and Wanhua districts, as well as into the New Taipei districts of Banqiao and Tucheng.
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).
Service on this line is divided into a full-length service from Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center to Dingpu, as well as a shorter service from Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center but terminating at Far Eastern Hospital.
Due to Taipei City Hall Station being at the center of the Taipei 101 New Year's festivities, intervals between trains can be reduced to a minimum of 135 seconds, transporting up to 39,000 passengers per hour. This results in an average of about 27 trains per hour on the Nangang Line during peak hours.
- 8 November 1990: The Nangang Section begins construction.
- 30 December 1991: The Taipei Main Station western underground passageway opens.
- 24 December 1993: Nangang Section construction at the intersection of Zhongxiao East Rd. and Shaoxing Rd. caves in, causes traffic jams.
- 30 October 1998: Construction is completed on the tunnel between Kunyang and Houshanpi.
- 24 December 1999: The segment from Taipei City Hall to Longshan Temple begins revenue service.
- 31 August 2000: The segment from Longshan Temple to Xinpu begins revenue service.
- 30 December 2000: The segment from Kunyang to Taipei City Hall begins revenue service.
- 17 September 2001: Typhoon Nari floods many Nangang Section stations, rendering them nonoperational.
- 29 November 2001: Typhoon-damaged Taipei Main Station re-opens for service.
- 30 December 2003: The Nangang Section eastern extension to Nangang begins construction.
- 17 November 2004: The Nangang Section eastern extension to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center begins construction.
- 27 May 2006: The segment from Banqiao to Tucheng opens for trial operations.
- 31 May 2006: The segment from Xinpu to Yongning begins revenue service.
- 16 May 2008: The Nangang Section eastern extension to Nangang begins trial service.
- 25 December 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.
- 21 May 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.
- 6 July 2015: The Tucheng Section extension to Dingpu Station begins revenue service, the final expansion of the line.
- 28 September 2018, the semi-height platform doors installed in Tucheng Station, make all stations on this line and entire Taipei Metro system has a some form of platform doors
As of December 2017, the typical off-peak service is:
- 8 trains per hour (tph) between Far Eastern Hospital and Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
- 7 tph between Dingpu and Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center
|Services||Code||Station Name||Transfer||Location||Distance (km)|
|●||●||BL23||Nangang Exhibition Center||南港展覽館||(BR24)||Nangang, Taipei||26.6|
|●||●||BL22||Nangang||南港|| West Coast (097)
(Wufenpu Commercial Zone)
|●||●||BL18||Taipei City Hall||市政府||21.1|
|●||●||BL17||Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall||國父紀念館||[planned]||Xinyi, Taipei
|●||●||BL16||Zhongxiao Dunhua||忠孝敦化||Da'an, Taipei||19.6|
(Natl Taipei Univ of Tech)
|●||●||BL12||Taipei main station||台北車站|| (R10)
West Coast (100)
300 m: Taoyuan Airport MRT (A1 Taipei)
(Bangka Commercial Zone)
|200 m: West Coast (101 Wanhua)||Wanhua Taipei||13.3|
|●||●||BL09||Jiangzicui||江子翠||Banqiao, New Taipei||10.2|
|●||●||BL07||Banqiao||板橋|| West Coast (102)
(Lin Family Mansion and Garden)
|●||●||BL05||Far Eastern Hospital||亞東醫院||6.0|
|●||BL04||Haishan||海山||Tucheng, New Taipei||4.5|
- Scroll to see whole map.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Taipei Metro Blue Line.|