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Owner’s

Representative

LRT

taipei-neihu line
taïwan

systems
noise and vibration
viaduct
track
depot
interfaces management
training

The challenge

Capital of Taiwan with around 6.8 million inhabitants for the
metropolitan area, Taipei City started planning its metro network
in the 1970’s, the construction in 1980’s and progressively the
revenue services in 1990’s.
Nowadays, a network of 9 lines with 93 km and 80 stations is
completed and put into revenue service, carrying about 1.4 million passengers daily, and about 60 km and 50 stations are under
construction. Further more, about 120 km with 115 stations are
planned to be constructed in the future.

The Neihu Line

In 1996, the first line of the Taipei metro network to be put into
commercial operation is the Mucha Line (Brown Line), an elevated
Medium Capacity Transit system (VAL). As part of the 2nd stage
network, the Neihu Line is an extension of the Mucha Line.
The Neihu Line starts north from the existing elevated terminal
station BR2. The line then goes down into tunnel to the Sungshan
domestic airport with BR1 station, it turns north under the airport
and Keelung River and re-emerges after B1 station. The Neihu
Line continues east by viaducts crossing Neihu District to reach
the terminal and depot in Nankang. There a connection is made
to Nankang Line.
The system definition, as well as the design of the civil works,
track and depot has been carried out between 1999 and 2002.
The construction has started in 2003. The revenue service began
in July 2009.

stations and depot
The Neihu Line includes 12 stations, of which 2 are underground
and 10 elevated. A maintenance depot is located in Nankang.

infrastructure
The total length of Neihu Line is about 15 km, including 4 km
under tunnel and 11 km on viaduct. One of the key issues of this
project is to minimize the mass of the structures, for a better
insertion of the line in the dense urban area and to reduce the
environmental impacts.
For the first time in Taiwan, the Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) has adopted the “U Shape” viaduct. This design
was developed and proposed by SYSTRA as an optimised solution to elevated metro systems.

www.systra.com

superstructure
The tracks consist of steel running surface. The rolling stock and
train control systems are from Bombardier Transportation with
certain compatibility with the existing VAL system of Mucha Line
(the new rolling stock should be able to run on the existing running surface of Mucha Line and the existing rolling stock of Mucha
Line should be able to run on the Neihu Line), using rubber tired
driverless AGT technology with Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system allowing a minimum headways of 72 seconds.

SYSTRA’s role

SYSTRA has already been deeply involved in the Mucha Line at
the beginning of 1990’s. At the time, SYSTRA carried out the
coordination between E&M systems and civil works and ensured
the training of operation and maintenance staff of the line.
Within the frame of Neihu Line, SYSTRA has taken the role
of Special Design Consultant for the local designers of the Department of Rapid Transit System (DORTS) of Taipei Municipal
Government. SYSTRA performed the following services:
System-wide assistance, including:
definition of the system-wide requirements and interfaces
between systems and civil works,
power supply simulation of the whole line,
noise & vibration studies and recommendations to mitigation
solutions.
Viaduct design
Compared to the traditional box girder viaduct, the “U” Shape
viaduct is an optimised solution to elevated metro systems, which
allows reducing significantly the visual impact to urban environment, as well as the cost duration ratio.

detail design review. design assistance for special bridges. SYSTRA has performed: basic and detail design of the typical sections of “U Shape” viaducts. .170 million US$ financing www.com Central Government : 75% Municipality : 25% key dates July 1999: starting of the Detail Design August 1999: contract of assistance system (for the lot 144 with CECI) June 2001: . including: functional specifications. architectural design of the typical « U » shape structures (supers tructures and substructures). the typical “U” shape spans as well as the pier caps are fully pre-cast. 2009: commissioning of the Neihu line febuary 2013 facts and figures . (TRTC) Contractors: KSECO/Bombardier Transportation.contract for the “U Shape” viaduct and assistance system for the lot 145 (with CECI). at a glance Length: 15 km (4 km tunnels. detail design review. Running surface design. basic Design. Continental.taipei-neihu line taiwan Neihu Line B2 B1 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 BR2 BR1 B10 B11 Mucha Line To improve the construction quality and speed.contract of assistance to the depot design (with RESI) January 2003: contract for the rubber tired AGT driverless basic design (with CECI and RESI) May 2003: starting of the turnkey construction contract for “U Shape” viaduct and systems July 4. Within this project.systra. Pan Asia cost Global: about 1. 11 km viaducts) Number of stations: 12 (2 underground and 10 elevated) Number of depot: 1 System type: rubber tired AGT driverless with CBTC organisations involved Owner: Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS) Operator: Taipei Rapid Transit Corp. Depot design: general layout and basic design.