MRT Songshan Line slated to begin service in late 2014
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taipei Metro will move one step closer to realizing its chessboard design with the completion of the Songshan Line slated for the end of 2014.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Construction of the new line is on schedule and most of its above-ground structures will be completed by June of next year, ending the traffic disruptions on Nanjing East Road, Department of Rapid Transit Systems Commissioner Tsai Hui-sheng (蔡輝昇) told several members of the Taipei City Council's transportation committee during their tour of two Songshan Line stations yesterday.
The 8.5-kilometer-long Taipei Rapid Transit (MRT) Songshan Line, a continuation of the to-be-rerouted Xindian (Green) Line, starts in eastern Taipei at Songshan Station and heads westward along Nanjing East Road through Nanjing Sanmin, Taipei Arena, Nanjing East Road, Songjiang Nanjing and Zhongshan Stations. The line then turns south to Beimen Station and connects to the Xindian Line at Ximen Station.
A sign of the increasingly interwoven nature of the Taipei Metro system, the Songshan Line intersects with existing lines at three of its eight stations (see map). The line also links with the railway system at Songshan Station.
Trial runs of the Songshan Line already started at the beginning of this year and are expected to take 14 months in total, Tsai said. After that, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications will collaborate on a three-month stability test, putting the targeted opening time at the end of next year, he added.
The scheduled completion of the Songshan Line will come roughly a year after the inauguration of another east-west metro line, the Xinyi Line, slated to open as early as next month. The two new lines will bring relief to the heavily used Bannan (Blue) Line and bring major changes to the current metro map of downtown Taipei.
Meanwhile, new construction has commenced in New Taipei City's Banqiao District for the MRT Circular Line. Projects in Phase One of the line will start next month at the city's three major roads. The first phase of the Circular Line, scheduled to open by the end of 2016, passes through New Taipei City's Xindian, Zhonghe, Banqiao and Xinzhuang districts and will intersect with the MRT Xindian and Xinzhuang lines.