MRT Taipei Taiwan Status

The view right in front of Taipei Main Station, with taxis waiting for fares. Taken on the 20th of January 2007 with a Nikon D200 and a 18-35mm lens. Part of the CMBRT Series 1.

From David’s blog, I learned about the status of the MRT system in Taipei.

They are adding a new MRT line as well as constantly adding new stations.

I am amazed by how mych progress they can make in a few short years. In Montreal, Quebec, we have a metro system, but it took hundreds of millions of dollars just to add a few stops on the North shore in Laval. The site Urbanrail gives complete details.

From the Taipei Times:

The Taipei City Government yesterday confirmed that it will proceed with plans to build a new MRT line extension that would connect Dazhi (大直) and Neihu (內湖) in the north of the city with Guangfu Road, Keelung Road, National Taiwan University and Jhonghe (中和) in Taipei County.

The Taipei City Government’s Department of Rapid Transit Systems is working with the Taipei County Government to build an MRT orbital line that will connect the network’s radial lines.

The original route for the orbital line, which will connect MRT lines at Muzha (木柵), Sindian (新店), Jhonghe, Banciao (板橋), Sinjhuang (新莊), Lujhou (蘆洲), Shilin (士林) and Neihu, would bring these vital locations closer together, department official Tom Chang (常崎德) told a press conference yesterday.

The first 15.4km phase of the orbital line, which will start in Sindian, then pass through Jhonghe, Banciao and Sinjhuang cities before terminating at Wugu Township (五股) at the MRT line connecting Taipei to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, is scheduled to open in 2014.

This is Montreal’s metro system.

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np: Apoptygma Berzerk – Cambodia CDM (Metropolis)


Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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