Songshan Station

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Taiwan Railways Administration
Taipei Metro
TRA Songshan Station 201504.jpg
Songshan Station Entrance
Location 11 Songshan Rd.
Xinyi District, Taipei
Operated by
Distance 21.9 km from Keelung
Connections Bus stop
Structure type Underground
Other information
Classification 一等站 (Taiwan Railways Administration level)
Opened TRA: October 20, 1891
September 21, 2008 (Underground)
Metro: November 15, 2014
Passengers TRA: 32,012 daily (2014)[1]
Metro: 41,320 daily (2016)[2]

Songshan Station (Chinese: 松山車站; pinyin: Sōngshān Chēzhàn) is a railway station at the junction of Songshan, Xinyi and Nangang Districts in Taipei, Taiwan. It is served by the Taiwan Railway Administration and is a terminal station of the Taipei Metro Songshan Line.

Station overview[edit]

Taipei Metro platform
TRA platforms
A TEMU1000 series train stops at the old at-grade station just before it closed, September 2008.

Songshan Station became the principle south-bound origin and north-bound terminus for the West Trunk Line starting in 1986, after the reconstruction of Taipei Station began in 1985. These functions were moved to Chitu in Keelung City shortly before the reconstruction. The former Songshan Station was at-grade and operated by the TRA. It opened as a temporary station in July 2003 as part of the Taipei Railway Underground Project.[3] All railway lines and platforms have been moved underground (from at-grade) since September 21, 2008 in a move to improve safety and area development.[4] A 7.6 kilometres (4.7 mi) tunnel was constructed between this station and neighboring Nangang Station at a cost of NT$76.5 billion.[5]

The current station building opened for service in 2008. Built by Ruentex Development Company, the new station building was constructed via a NT$3.3 billion build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract.[6] The Taiwan Railways Administration section consists of two island platforms (four tracks), while the Taipei Metro station has an island platform and five exits. They are connected via an underground passage.[7]

The new Taipei Metro station has a "Halo of City" theme with an egg-shaped hall and columns forming a ring structure.[8] The station is 21 m (69 ft) deep, 390 m (1,280 ft) long, and 24 m (79 ft) wide. It has six exits, four vent shafts, and two accessibility elevators.[7] The north side of the station is land for a joint development project.

Public art[edit]

The Taipei Metro station features a theme of "Festivities of Light" to reflect the mix of traditional and modern culture, local religion, and administration. It enhances the night activity in the area.[7]

Construction around the station for the Taipei Metro Songshan Line.


  • October 20, 1891: Opened as "Sekkhao Train Wharf" (錫口火車碼頭).
  • 1895: During Japanese rule, renamed to Seikō Station (錫口停車場?).
  • 1920: The station became known as Matsuyama Station.
  • March 30, 1936: Matsuyama Airport Line (ja) (later renamed Songshan Power Station Line, until May 1, 1966) begins operation from Matsuyama Station to Matsuyama Airport.
  • January 1, 1955: The station was upgraded to a second-class train station.
  • 1976: Songshan Airport Line service ceases.
  • August 15, 1985: Ceased freight services besides those of Taini.
  • July 15, 1986: New station building opens.
  • July 1, 1987: The station became a first-class train station.
  • September 20, 1991: Since railroad lines were being moved underground, Taini moved its freight cargo services over to Nangang.
  • July 28, 2003: With construction to move railroad lines underground, the temporary station opened for service.
  • September 21, 2008: The new underground station opened for service. All railway lines through the station are moved to underground platforms.
  • December 29, 2009: With the opening of the ticketing counter at the new underground station, the temporary station closes.
  • November 15, 2014: The Taipei Metro Songshan Line opened for service.


An explosion occurred at the station before midnight on July 7th, 2016. A broken metal tube filled with explosive material was found on the scene, but a cause has not yet been determined. [9]

Platform layout[edit]

1, 2 1A, 1B West Coast Line (southbound) toward Taichung, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Fangliao
West Coast Line (northbound) toward Shulin
3, 4 2A, 2B West Coast Line (northbound) toward Qidu, Keelung
West Coast Line (southbound) toward Yilan, Su-ao, Hualien, Taitung

Station layout[edit]


Street Level Entrance/Exit Entrance/Exit
B1 Concourse Ticket gates, waiting area, TRA ticketing, automatic ticket dispensing machines, Restrooms
B2 Platform 1A West Coast Line toward Taichung, Kaohsiung (Taipei)
Island platform
Platform 1B toward Shulin (Taipei)
Platform 2A toward Keelung (Nangang)
Island platform
Platform 2B West Coast Line toward Yilan, Hualien, Taitung (Nangang)
Concourse Lobby, information desk, automatic ticket dispensing machines, one-way faregates, Restrooms
Platform 1   Line 3 toward Xindian/ Taipower Building (Nanjing Sanmin)
Island platform, doors open on the left/ right
Platform 2   Line 3 toward Xindian/ Taipower Building (Nanjing Sanmin)

Around the station[edit]

Preceding station   Taiwan Railway Administration   Following station
toward Keelung
West Coast Line
toward Kaohsiung
Preceding station   Taipei Metro   Following station
Terminus Line 3
toward Xindian

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Volume of Passenger and Freight Traffic" (PDF). Taiwan Railway Administration. 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Passenger Volume at Taipei Rapid Transit Stations" (PDF). Taipei City Department of Transportation. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Songshan Project". Railway Reconstruction Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Underground railway to help local economy". The China Post. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  5. ^ "New Songshan-Nankang railway tunnel will aid development: Ma". Taiwan News. 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Ruentex secures Songshan Railway Station project bid". Taipei Times. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  7. ^ a b c "捷運系統松山線簡介" (PDF). Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  8. ^ "連繫捷運松山站與臺鐵的城市光環". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  9. ^ "Many injured in Taiwan train blast". BBC. 2016-07-08. 
  10. ^ "Songshan Station Information Map" (PDF). Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 

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Coordinates: 25°2′56″N 121°34′40″E / 25.04889°N 121.57778°E / 25.04889; 121.57778