Tamsui–Xinyi line

The Tamsui–Xinyi or Red line (code R) is a metro line in Taipei operated by Taipei Metro, named after the districts it connects: Tamsui and Xinyi. It includes a total of 30 stations serving Tamsui, Beitou, Shilin, Datong, Zhongshan, Zhongzheng, Daan, and Xinyi districts. At 29 km, it is the longest line of Taipei Metro.

Tamsui–Xinyi line
Taipei Metro Line R.svg
Jiantan station
Other name(s)Red line
TypeHigh-capacity metro system
StatusIn service
LocaleMetropolitan Taipei
TerminiBeitou, Tamsui
Daan, Xiangshan
ServicesTamsui line, Xinbeitou branch line, Xinyi line
Operator(s)Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC)
Rolling stockKawasaki C301 and C381 stock
Line length29.3 km (18.2 mi) (including Xinbeitou)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map

Guandu Tunnel
Beitou Depot
Minquan West Road
Taipei Main Station
NTU Hospital
Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Through service to Xindian line
Daan Park
Xinyi Anhe
Taipei 101 / World Trade Center
Guangci–Fengtian Temple
Tamsui–Xinyi line
Traditional Chinese淡水信義線
Simplified Chinese淡水信义线
Alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese紅線
Simplified Chinese红线

The Tamsui section runs mostly along the former Tamsui railway line. There most of the tracks and stations have been renovated, except in the Zhongzheng district, where a new tunnel was constructed due to lack of surface right-of-way.

The Red line is a high-capacity metro system. Routes south of Yuanshan are underground; routes between Yuanshan and Beitou are elevated; routes between Beitou and Hongshulin are ground level; and Tamsui is elevated.


A sign at Taipei main station in 2007. The line, then known as Tamsui and romanised as Danshui line, operated to Nanshijiao and Xindian.

For 15 years, trains operated between Tamsui and Xindian via the southern part of the current Songshan–Xindian line, making it the longest-serving former service of the system, followed closely by a service from Beitou to Xindian. With the completion of the current line sections, both services ended. Trains from the Tamsui run directly onto the Xinyi section.

Rolling stockEdit

Over the years, the Tamsui Line used different types of rolling stock. From the start, the line used C301 cars. In 1997, the C321 cars were introduced. In 2007-2013, the newest cars, the C371 and C381 cars were used, replacing some of the C301 and all C321 cars.


As of December 2017, the typical off-peak service is:


In operationEdit

Code Image English name Chinese name Districts Travel time to previous station (s)[5] Stop time at station (s)[5] Date opened Notes
R02   Xiangshan 象山 Xinyi n/a n/a 2013-11-24
R03   Taipei 101–World Trade Center 台北101·世貿 Xinyi 93 30 2013-11-24
R04   Xinyi Anhe 信義安和 Daan 81 30 2013-11-24
R05   Daan 大安 Daan 81 30 2013-11-24 Change for Wenhu line; some services terminate here
R06   Daan Park 大安森林公園 Daan 70 30 2013-11-24
R07   Dongmen 東門 Zhongzheng, Da'an 65 35 2013-11-24 Change for Zhonghe–Xinlu line
R08   CKS Memorial Hall 中正紀念堂 Zhongzheng 165 35 1998-12-24 Change for Songshan–Xindian line; terminus of planned Wanda–Zhonghe–Shulin line
R09   NTU Hospital 台大醫院 Zhongzheng 83 25 1998-12-24
R10   Taipei Main Station 台北車站 Zhongzheng 63 45 1997-12-25 Change for Bannan line, TRA, THSR, and Taoyuan Airport MRT
R11   Zhongshan 中山 Datong, Zhongshan 65 30 1997-03-28 Change for Songshan–Xindian line
R12   Shuanglian 雙連 Datong, Zhongshan 58 25 1997-03-28
R13   Minquan West Road 民權西路 Datong, Zhongshan 57 35 1997-03-28 Change for Zhonghe–Xinlu line
R14   Yuanshan 圓山 Datong, Zhongshan 90 25 1997-03-28
R15   Jiantan 劍潭 Shilin 109 25 1997-03-28
R16   Shilin 士林 Shilin 92 25 1997-03-28
R17   Zhishan 芝山 Shilin 91 25 1997-03-28
R18   Mingde 明德 Beitou 76 25 1997-03-28
R19   Shipai 石牌 Beitou 61 25 1997-03-28
R20   Qilian 唭哩岸 Beitou 100 25 1997-03-28
R21   Qiyan 奇岩 Beitou 73 25 1997-03-28
R22   Beitou 北投 Beitou 91 25 1997-03-28 Change for services to Xinbeitou; some services terminate here
R22A   Xinbeitou 新北投 Beitou 157 n/a 1997-03-28 Branch line station
R23   Fuxinggang 復興崗 Beitou 145[b] 25 1997-03-28
R24   Zhongyi 忠義 Beitou 109 25 1997-03-28
R25   Guandu 關渡 Beitou 78 25 1997-03-28
R26   Zhuwei 竹圍 Tamsui 145 25 1997-03-28
R27   Hongshulin 紅樹林 Tamsui 136 25 1997-03-28 Change for Danhai light rail
R28   Tamsui 淡水 Tamsui 175 n/a 1997-03-28


Code English name Chinese name Districts Date of opening Notes
R01 Guangci–Fengtian Temple 廣慈·奉天宮 Xinyi 2022 Connects to Xiangshan station; under construction

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Current form opened on 24 November 2013
  2. ^ to Beitou


  1. ^ Sandy Huang (2002-11-02). "Ground broken on construction of Hsinyi MRT line". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
  2. ^ "捷運信義線隧道全線貫通 達成重大工程里程碑". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2010-08-01. Retrieved 2010-09-06.
  3. ^ Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government (2013-10-15). "Preliminary Inspection of the Xinyi Line Completed". Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  4. ^ "Mayor: Xinyi Line to Provide Services November 24". Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government. 2013-11-19. Retrieved 2013-11-24.
  5. ^ a b "臺北捷運系統相鄰兩站間之行駛時間、停靠站時間 | 政府資料開放平臺". data.gov.tw (in Chinese). Retrieved 4 October 2019.