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History and Organization
Overview of construction
Landscape and Public Art at KMRT Stations
The planning of the long-term network
Light rail system




Mass Rapid Transit System also named " Metro " or " Subway ". The Mass Rapid Transit System is a public transportation system, using electric-powered rolling stock running in its own right-of-way on guideway facilities at-grade, underground, or elevated, free from interference with other ground traffic, to transport large volumes of passengers at high speeds and with short headway, in the city and its adjacent areas.


Orange line

This is a west-east line. It starts at National Sun Yat-sen University from the west, and ends at Taliao at the east. The total length of this line is 14.4 km, and it includes 14 stations,1 main depot, most of which are underground except OT1 station.

Red line

This is a north-south line. It starts from Chiaotou in the north, and ends at Linhai Industrial District in the south. The total length of this line is 28.3km, of which 19.8km are underground, and 8.5 km are elevated. This line has 23 stations and 2 line depots.

The total length of Orange and Red Lines is 42.7 km, of which 80.1% is underground, and 19.9% is elevated.


The KMRT total Construction Costs are NT$181.4 billion. The Costs include the items shall be in charge by government is NT$46.1 billion, The government investment is NT$104.8 billion, and Private investment is NT$30.5 billion. Central, and City Government Construction Costs sharing ratio as following:

Responsible Unit (%)
Central Government 79
Kaohsiung City 21
Total 100


Joint development is a plan to develop property through public and private cooperation.

Joint development is designed to integrate land development and transportation facilities, thereby benefiting both public and private sectors.

Planning, Construction and Operation of KMRT

The "Regulations Governing Construction of the Rapid Transit System by Private Enterprises" promulgated in December 5, 1994 states that KMRT be planned by Kaohsiung City Government and be constructed and operated by private enterprises.

Kaohsiung City Government invited private enterprises to tender for the construction and operation of the Orange and Red Lines on February 1, 1999, in January 12, 2001 signed the construction and operation agreement with the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit corporation.

The Construction Method

  • Cut and Cover Method
    Widely used for the construction of underground stations, at junctions between tracks where larger spans are required or areas which are geological unsuitable for the Bored Tunnel Method. Temporary decks will be installed at ground level as soon as the tunnels or station are excavated to enable the traffic to be restored. All levels of the underground structure will then be constructed under the temporary decks to minimize the impact on the environment and traffic.
  • Bored Tunnel Method
    Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) drive the tunnels from shafts or stations at depths of between six and twenty-four meters below ground level. Linings are installed immediately behind the face of the TBM as the excavation proceeds until the TBM reaches the end of the drive. Both ends of the bored tunnels usually connect stations or Cut and Cover Tunnels. All of the construction activities, with the exception of the construction of the shafts and entrances, are carried out below the ground and minimize damage to the roads. This minimizes the impact on the environment and the traffic.

Station Equipment

  • Convenience
    Special elevators for the handicapped and high capacity escalators will be provided.
  • Automation
    An automatic fare collection system, including Automatic Ticket Issuing Machines, Automatic Gates and Special Gates for the handicapped will be provided.
  • General Service
    Public address, CCTV, visual information facilities and emergency telephones will be provided.
  • Safety
    Stations are provided with an Uninterrupted Power System. In case of a power failure, the entire emergency lights, escalators, elevators, fire hydrants, sewage pump, and the tunnel ventilation system will maintain operation. Low smoke, fire resistance, and non-toxic smoke cables will be used for stations' power supply and distribution to minimize the risk to passengers during a fire.

To implement a safe, comfortable and obstacle-free system, The KMRT provide facilities that are easy to access and convenient for passengers.


KMRT System is controlled by computer from control center. Without the hindrance of traffic lights, the trains will be on schedule. The rush-hour headway is two minutes. The travel time of Red line from Linhai Industrial Park to Chiaotou is about 50 minutes. The Orange line from National Sun Yat-sen University to Taliao is about 25 minutes.

Modify time: 2019-03-26 18:41:01
Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation Department of Rapid Transit Systems, Taipei City Government Railway Bureau, MOTC Bureau of High Speed Rail, MOTC Kaohsiung City Government Transportation Bureau,Kaohsiung City Government
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。10F., No.2, Sihwei 3rd Rd., Lingya District, Kaohsiung City 80203, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
。TEL: 07-337-3719
。FAX: 07-331-4366
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Mon. ~ Fri. 08:00 ~ 12:00 & 13:30 ~ 17:30