Taipei Main Station
Taipei Main Station (Chinese: 台北車站; pinyin: Táiběi chēzhàn) is a railway and metro station in Taipei, Taiwan. It is served by Taiwan High Speed Rail, the Taiwan Railways Administration, and the Taipei Metro. It is also connected through underground passageways to the terminal station of Taoyuan Airport MRT and the Taipei Bus Station. In 2017, it was the busiest station on all three rail systems, with a total of 190 million entries and exits.
|THSR and TRA railway station|
|Location||3 Beiping W Rd|
Zhongzheng District, Taipei
|Classification||Special class (Chinese: 特等) (TRA)|
|Previous names||Taihoku (Japanese: 臺北)|
|Passengers (2018)||30.403 million per year 3.27% (THSR)|
|Rank||1 out of 12|
|Passengers (2017)||45.935 million per year 1.22% (TRA)|
|Rank||1 out of 228|
|Taipei metro station|
|Location||49 Sec 1 Zhongxiao W Rd|
Zhongzheng District, Taipei
|Bicycle facilities||No access|
|Station code||R10, BL12|
|1999-12-24||Bannan line opened|
|Passengers (2017)||114.987 million per year 0.02%|
|Rank||1 out of 108|
The four-level station is located in the Zhongzheng District in downtown Taipei. The underground station area south of the station is known as "station front" because the original railway station's main entrance faced south. Accordingly, the area just north of the station is known as "station rear." The station rear area is actually located in the Datong District. The commercial districts around the station are popular with students and commuters, and boast a large collection of bookstores, eclectic businesses targeting students, and cram schools. Because of its location at what is roughly considered the center of Taipei, the station is a popular meeting point for students and tourists.
The station itself is a large building which houses multiple rail services as well as serving as the headquarters of the Taiwan Railways Administration. The railway platforms are located on the B2 level, while the B1 level serves as a waiting area. Ticketing services are on the first floor while the second floor contains a food court and several stores, including the shopping center (Breeze Taipei Station). The upper levels are occupied by TRA offices.
- Taiwan Railways Administration: Passengers can board a train to most cities in Taiwan without transferring. East-bound (clockwise) trains travel to Keelung, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, etc. West-bound (counterclockwise) trains go to Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung, etc.
- Taipei Metro: Taipei main station is served by both the Red line and Blue line directly and is a major transfer hub.
- Taiwan High Speed Rail: Scheduled HSR services began operating from Taipei on 2 March 2007. HSR train used to terminate at Banqiao station. Using platforms originally used by TRA, the station serves around 140 trains per day (departing and arriving).
- Taipei Bus Station This multi-use complex is located adjacent to Taipei station.
- City Buses: Bus routes to destinations within Taipei and New Taipei, both located in the Taipei Basin.
- Intercity Buses: Many bus companies provide service from Taipei to cities in the western half of Taiwan as well as Yilan. They also provide service to the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with traveling time around forty minutes.
- Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Access MRT System: A new rail line to Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport which started operating on 2 February 2017.
TRA and THSREdit
|■ Taiwan High Speed Rail (southbound)||Towards Banqiao, Taoyuan, Taichung, Zuoying|
|■ Taiwan High Speed Rail (northbound)||Towards Nangang|
|5||N/A||■ Through services||Trains do not stop here|
|■ West Coast line (southbound)||Towards Banqiao, Hsinchu|
|■ West Coast line (northbound, through traffic)||Towards Banqiao, Shulin|
|■ West Coast line (northbound)||Towards Songshan, Xizhi, Qidu, Keelung|
|■ West Coast line (southbound, through traffic and cross-line)||Towards Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Kaohsiung (through the South-link line)|
Taipei Metro (MRT)Edit
|1||■ Red line
(northbound, through traffic)
|■ Red line
(northbound, through traffic)
|2||■ Red line (southbound, through traffic)||Towards Xiangshan|
|■ Red line (southbound, through traffic)||Towards Daan|
|3||■ Blue line (Eastbound)||Towards Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center|
|■ Blue line (Eastbound)||Towards Kunyang|
|4||■ Blue line (Westbound)||Towards Far Eastern Hospital|
|■ Blue line (Westbound)||Towards Dingpu|
|Taiwan Railways Administration
|Taiwan Railways Administration, Scheduling Control Center|
TRA Employee Rooms
YMCA, other private companies (Rented)
|2F||Retail level||Taipei Station Breeze Center, Food Court (Elevator at East Entrance 2)|
TRA/THSR ticketing, automatic ticket machines, tourism counter
TRA Information Office, TRA Station Manager Office, railway police
TRA information desk, THSR police, THSR military police
|TRA Entrance/Exit, Guard|
|TRA Luggage Office||TRA Parcel Center (Separate structure)|
|B1||Concourse||THSR ticketing, TRA/THSR automatic ticketing, ticket gates, waiting area|
|Car park, Military Transportation Service|
|Connects to B1 of the Taipei Metro|
|Underground passageway||Zhongshan Metro Mall, Taipei Underground Market, Eslite Taipei Station, restrooms|
|Connects to B1 of TRA/THSR, Taipei Bus Station|
|B2||Metro Lobby||Information desk, faregates, restrooms (Inside fare area)|
Red line, Blue line transfer area, escalators to platforms
|Metro Control Center briefing rooms|
|2A||TRA Control level||TRA Traffic Room, Central Station Monitoring Center|
|2B||Platform 1A||THSR towards Zuoying (Banqiao)|
|Platform 1B||THSR towards Zuoying (Banqiao)|
|Platform 2A||THSR towards Nangang|
|Platform 2B||THSR towards Nangang|
|Fifth track||West Coast line does not stop here|
|Platform 3A||West Coast line towards Taichung|
|Platform 3B||West Coast line towards Shulin (Wanhua)|
|Platform 4A||West Coast line towards Keelung (Songshan)|
|Platform 4B||West Coast line towards Yilan, Hualien, Taitung (Songshan)|
|TRA offices level||Staff training classroom|
(Transfer to Metro
|TRA/THSR ticketing, automatic ticket machines, ticket gates|
Escalator to B2 - TRA/THSR platforms
|Metro faregates, information desk, lost and found, gallery|
Restrooms (inside and outside fare zone), Automatic ticket dispensing machines
|Platform 3||← Bannan line towards Nangang Exhib Center (BL13 Shandao Temple)|
|Island platform, doors open on the left|
|Platform 4||→ Bannan line towards Dingpu / Far Eastern Hospital (BL11 Ximen) →|
|High-Capacity Traffic Control Center |
(Another traffic center exists)
|B4||Platform 1||← Tamsui–Xinyi line towards Tamsui / Beitou (R11 Zhongshan)|
|Island platform, doors open on the left|
|Platform 2||→ Tamsui–Xinyi line towards Xiangshan / Daan (R09 NTU Hospital) →|
Around the stationEdit
（K）K Underground MallEdit
- Exit M1／Y2： TRA／THSR（Entrance North 1）
- Exit M2：Civic Blvd Expressway
- Exit M3：Cosmos Hotel Taipei/ Talk Club Taiwan(美立達留學遊學中心)
- Exit M4：TRA／THSR（Entrance South 1）
- Exit M5：Station Front Plaza
- Exit M6：Caesar Park Hotel Taipei, National Taiwan Museum
- Exit M7：Zhongshan N. Rd.
- Exit M8：Gongyuan Rd, YMCA Taipei
（M）Zhongshan Metro MallEdit
- Taipei Bus Station
- Q Square
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei
- Zhongshan Station （R11、G14）, Shuanglian station（R12）
（Y）Taipei City MallEdit
- Palais de Chine Hotel Taipei
- Taipei Station Wholesale Market
- Taipei main station（A1）, Taoyuan International Airport MRT
（Z）Station Front Metro MallEdit
The first rail station in Taipei was completed in Twatutia in 1891, during Qing rule, when the railway to Keelung was opened for service. Initially, a temporary station was built while a permanent station was constructed in 1897, during Japanese rule (1895-1945). In 1901, the station was located to the east of its current location. It was rebuilt in 1940 to accommodate growing passenger traffic.
To alleviate traffic congestion caused by railroad crossings in downtown Taipei, an underground railway tunnel between Huashan and Wanhua was built along with the present station building as part of the Taipei Railway Underground Project. When the underground system was completed on 2 September 1989, railway service was moved to the newly completed building (completed on 5 September 1989) and the old building as well as a temporary station were demolished.
The current station was further expanded with the opening of the Taipei Metro. The metro station is connected to the basement of the railway station and opened to passenger traffic in 1997 to the Tamsui–Xinyi line. Extensive underground malls now exist at the front and back of the station, which emulate those found in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. The station also became a terminus for Taiwan High Speed Rail trains when the network began service in 2007.
Taipei station and the area surrounding it have been undergoing renovation since 2005. Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki was chosen to design two skyscrapers that will surround the railroad station. Maki will also oversee the renovation of Taipei station. The height of the taller tower will be 76 stories, whereas the shorter tower will be 56 stories. The two skyscrapers will be constructed on empty parcels found adjacent to Taipei station, above the Taoyuan Airport MRT station.
The station interior underwent renovation work from February to October 2011. Basement restrooms were renovated, the basement and first floor preparations for additional Breeze Plaza retail space began, the large ticket office in the first floor lobby was removed, and additional retail space was allocated. In addition, the flooring on the first floor was completely replaced, fire and evacuation regulations were improved, and solar panels will be installed on the station roof.
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