Circular light rail
The Circular light rail (Chinese: 環狀輕軌) is a light rail line in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, operated by Kaohsiung Rapid Transit. The south part of this line makes use of the defunct tracks of the Kaohsiung Harbour Line.
|Circular light rail|
CAF Urbos trams parked at Cianjhen Star
|System||Kaohsiung Rapid Transit|
|Owner||Kaohsiung City Government|
|Operator(s)||Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation|
|Character||Ground level, elevated|
|Rolling stock||CAF Urbos|
|Line length||22.1 km (13.7 mi)|
|Number of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Operating speed||70 km/h (43 mph) maximum|
Phase I construction consists of a section of line from Station C1 to Station C14, where Stations C3 and C14 are the transfer stations to Red line and Orange line, respectively. Construction of Phase I began on 4 June 2013. Stations C1 to C14 were tested from August 2015 (rides on the trams are open to the public for free during testing). The civil construction part of stations C1 to C14 had been completed, and Phase I achieved full operations on September 2017. The CAF Urbos trams used in this line parked at or passed by these stations for demonstrations and tests in several events from November 2014 onwards.
Phase II construction will not start until the Kaohsiung urban railway is relocated underground in 2017. It is scheduled to be completed in 2019.
|— ↑ Loop line towards Depot ↑ —|
|C3||Cianjhen Star||前鎮之星||via Kaisyuan (R6)|
|C6||Commerce and Trade Park||經貿園區|
|C7||Software Technology Park||軟體園區|
|C8||Kaohsiung Exhibition Center||高雄展覽館|
|C14||Hamasen||哈瑪星||via Sizihwan (O1)|
|C15||Wufu 4th Rd.||五福四路||Phase II|
|C19||Jiouru 4th Rd.||九如四路|
|C20||Museum of Fine Arts Station||美術館||Museum of Fine Arts|
|C21A||Museum of Fine Arts West||美術館西|
|C22||Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital||聯合醫院|
|C24||Kaohsiung City Hall||新市政中心||via Aozihdi (R13)|
|C25||Longhua Junior High School||龍華國中||Zuoying|
|C30||Dashun Jiouru||大順九如||Science and Technology Museum|
|C31||Universal Cinemas||環球影城||via Wukuaicuo (O8)||Lingya|
|C32||Rainbow Park||彩虹公園||via Wukuaicuo (O8)|
|C34||Kuochi Vocational High School||國際商工|
|— ↓ Loop line towards Lizihnei ↓ —|
The line's fleet consist of nine CAF Urbos trams that will operate catenary-free. The tramcars is34 meters (112 ft) in length, and will be able to transport a total of 250 passengers (seated, and standing).
Unlike the Kaohsiung MRT Red Line and the Orange Line, the Kaohsiung Light Rail is charged at a lower rate. As of January 2019, the fare for each light rail is NT$30, There is special offer by using the digital wallet such as iPass , EasyCard , icash , etc. is NT$10. The card readers in the station and in the rolling stock. When paying the fare by the e-ticket (digital wallet), passengers are only charged one of them at each time. When paying by cash, passengers can purchase tickets at the ticket vending machines at each station for the ticket inspector to check.
Previous light rail demonstration projectEdit
In 2004, the Kaohsiung City Government and Siemens built a temporary two-station circular light rail line in Central Park, operated by a single trainset, in order to demonstrate the feasibility of building a light rail system in Kaohsiung City. It was meant to alleviate some residents' concerns that light rail would negatively impact their surroundings by producing excessive noise and hindering normal traffic flow. This Siemens Combino vehicle would later become the D2 Class operated in Melbourne, Australia.
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