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Opening of Songshan Line to Let Taipei MRT Fulfill Original Vision of a Network Organized by Color
After the Songshan line opens, the main lines distinguished by color will be: the Brown line (Taipei Zoo Station to Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station), Red line (Tamsui Station to Xiangshan Station), Orange line (Nanshijiao Station to Huilong Station and Nanshijiao Station to Luzhou Station), Green line (Xindian Station to Songshan Station), and Blue line (Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station to Yongning Station).
The 8.5-kilometer Songshan line consists of eight underground stations: Ximen, Beimen, Zhongshan, Songjiang Nanjing, Nanjing Fuxing, Taipei Arena, Nanjing Sanmin, and Songshan stations that take 15 minutes to traverse. Except for Taipei Arena Station and Nanjing Sanmin Station, the other six are transfer stations. Transfers can be made at Ximen, Zhongshan, Songjiang Nanjing, and Nanjing Fuxing stations to connect with the Blue, Red, Orange, and Brown lines, respectively. Also, the Songshan line will connect with the Airport line's Taipei Main Station and Taiwan Railways Songshan Station at Beimen and Songshan stations, respectively, via underground passages. Multiple transfer points will allow passengers to reach their destination with a more convenient MRT ride. Following the Bannan and Xinyi lines, the Songshan line is the third east-west bound route in the Taipei MRT network. Complemented by the Airport line and Taiwan Railways, the Songshan line is expected to activate local business activities and change the landscape of surrounding areas along the route.
The following three benefits will follow opening of the Songshan line and organization of the MRT network by color:
1. Time saving:
(1) Less headway:
The Xinyi line: Reducing the headway from six minutes to three minutes will lower waiting time and expedite transfers at Dongmen Station. (This will benefit approximately 70,000 passenger-trips each day.)
The Xindian line: With an increase in the number of runs on the Xindian line during rush hour, headway will be reduced from six minutes to four to five minutes.
(2) Reduced travel time between Songshan and Neihu areas:
Tamsui area: Tamsui residents who want to travel between the Songshan and Neihu areas will be able to make an earlier transfer at Zhongshan Station, instead of Taipei Main Station, to save time.
Banqiao and Tucheng areas: Banqiao and Tucheng residents who want to travel to the Songshan area will be able to make an earlier transfer at Ximen Station to avoid heavy transfer crowds at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station.
Xindian area: Xindian residents will be able to travel to the Nanjing East Road and Songshan areas without transfer. This will save time compared to the current situation of transferring to a bus at Zhongshan Station.
(3) People who want to watch a game or show at Taipei Arena or commute to Nanjing East or West roads will no need to take a long walk or bus from Nanjing Fuxing Station.
2. Fare saving:
Fare for travel from Xindian, Tamsui, Xinzhuang, and Luzhou to several Neihu stations will be reduced by NT$5. This will benefit approximately 25,000 passenger-trips each day. For example:
Xindian District Office Station to Neihu Station: The fare for a single journey trip will be reduced from NT$55 to NT$50.
Jingmei Station to Xihu Station: The fare for a single journey trip will be reduced from NT$45 to NT$40.
Tamsui Station to Jiannan Rd. Station: The fare for a single journey trip will be reduced from NT$65 to NT$60.
Huilong Station to Songshan Airport Station: The fare for a single journey trip will be reduced from NT$50 to NT$45.
Luzhou Station to Zhongshan Junior High School Station: The fare for a single journey trip will be reduced from NT$35 to NT$30.
Taipei Main Station to Dazhi Station: The fare for a single journey trip will be reduced from NT$30 to NT$25.
(1) Less transfer frequency:
Except for travel between the Orange (Zhonghe-Xinlu) line and the Brown (Wenhu) line, no more than one transfer will be needed for passengers to reach their destination. This will benefit approximately 26,000 passenger-trips each day.
(2) Routes run independently without interruption:
As routes are distinguished by color and each route uses an exclusive platform, passengers will not need to worry about riding on the wrong train.
Even if interruption of service occurs on one of the routes, passengers will be able to take alternative routes.
(3) Multiple transfer alternatives to disperse crowds:
When the Songshan line opens, four transfer stations will be added to the network: Ximen Station (connecting the Green and Blue lines), Zhongshan Station (connecting the Green and Red lines), Songjiang Nanjing Station (connecting the Green and Orange lines), and Nanjing Fuxing Station (connecting the Green and Brown lines). This will reduce crowd burdens at the following transfer stations: Taipei Main Station, Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station, and Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. For example, passengers commuting to Nanjing East and West roads now have to transfer to the Brown (Wenhu) line at Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. After the Songshan line opens, they will be able to take the new route to avoid heavy transfer crowds.
Passengers traveling on the Orange (Zhonghe-Xinlu) line to NTU Hospital Station and stations on the Red line further north will be able to make only one transfer at Dongmen Station, efficiently easing heavy transfer crowds at Guting Station.
4. Easy and convenient travel for Xindian residents who want to transfer to other routes and the Airport line:
The Songshan line will connect with the Xindian line and adopt the “Xindian-Songshan” operational mode, allowing Xindian residents to reach Ximen, Songshan, and Nanjing East and West roads without transfer. All the high-capacity lines will allow transfers to be made on the opposite side of the platform, including transferring to the Orange line at Guting Station, the Red line at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station, and the Blue line at Ximen Station. Also, Xindian residents who want to reach medium-capacity Brown line stations will need only one transfer.
Furthermore, the Green line (Xindian-Songshan) will allow Xindian residents to reach Beimen Station to transfer directly to the future Airport line, which is more convenient compared to transferring at Taipei Main Station.
Although the current operational mode of transfer-free travel from Xindian to Red line stations lying north of Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station will be changed, in the future transfer at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station can be made conveniently on the opposite side of the platform.
5. Exclusive platform at Ximen Station:
As the Songshan line has not been completed yet, trains operating the "Ximen-Taipower Building" mode are dispatched from a different level platform during rush hour. Electronic information displays are installed at the station to show passengers the correct direction. After the Songshan line opens, the platforms will return to their original design of exclusively serving one destination, saving waiting time for passengers and reducing the need for them to switch levels.
Also, Zhonghe and Yonghe residents who want to reach NTU Hospital Station and Red line stations further north will be able to transfer at Dongmen Station on the opposite side of the platform. Many passengers already use this transfer option.
For more information, please call the TRTC customer service hotline (Tel: 218-12345) or call the 1999 Citizen Hotline. You can also visit the TRTC website at http://english.trtc.com.tw/.