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Kaohsiung

(Gaoxiong), Taiwan (Asia)


Date of opening9 Mar 2008
Network length45 km (27.97 mi)
Stations38 (37*)
Lines2
Stations per line19.00
Avg. station distance1,250 m (0.78 mi)
Avg. line length22.50 km (13.98 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 26 Dec 2012
System typemetro (known as MRT)
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)142,000 (2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)3,170 (1,970)
Fare collectionGates
24-hour operationNo
TrackGauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trainsNo
Walk-through trainsNo
Rubber-tyred trainsNo
Driverless linesNo
Platform screen doorsMRT
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Official map
Source: jpg, © 2010 mtbu.kcg.gov.tw


To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

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Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Rating: 2 stars – worth a detour!  Kaohsiung

The second largest city in Taiwan got a modern MRT system in 2008. There's some interesting architecture found in the stations and station entrances.

Photo [Hiroshiken, flickr.com]: Entrance of Central Park station on the Red Line by Richard Rogers, 2008.
Photo [Hiroshiken, flickr.com]: One of four symmetrically arranged entrance structures at Formosa Boulevard station in Kaohsiung.
Metro operator KRTC is also taking public art in metro stations seriously [krtco.com.tw]. Kaohsiung International Airport station bears a glass artwork by artist Lutz Haufschild.

Photo [Hiroshiken, flickr.com]: Formosa Boulevard station with its huge Dome of Light by artist Narcissus Quagliata.




Departure Procedure and Sounds

Musical sounds play shortly before departure and three beeps when the doors close [youtube.com].






Handpicked Resources

krtco.com.tw Official website KTRC
mtbu.kcg.gov.tw Official website MBTU



Generated Links for Kaohsiung MRT

Line history (cityrailtransit.com)
Photos (images.google.com)
Maps (images.google.com)
Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
Skyscrapercity discussion (skyscrapercity.com)
City information about Kaohsiung (wikipedia.org)






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