TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The newly completed Danhai Light Rail Transit (LRT) line in New Taipei City's Tamsui District will open to the general public on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24).
The new 7.3 kilometer-long line, the first light rail transit system in northern Taiwan, traverses 11 stations, all of which are graced with public art by well-known Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy Liao (廖福彬).
Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation General Manager Wu Kuo-chi (吳國濟) said that the opening ceremony of the new Danhai LRT will be held on Dec. 23 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to highlight the new public art during Tamsui sunset, reported CNA. Wu said that, beginning on Dec. 24, passengers can start riding the new trains, which will run at 15-minute intervals during the line's official operating hours between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. every day of the week.
Of the 11 stations on the new line, which has been dubbed the Green Mountain Line, seven are elevated, while four are at-grade.
The seven elevated stations are:
- Danjin Dengong
- Tamkang University
- Danjin Beixin
- Xinshi 1st Rd.
- Tamsui District Office
The four at-grade stations are:
- Binhai Yishan
- Binhai Shalun
- Danhai New Town
The fare for the Danhai LRT ranges between NT$20 (US$0.65) and NT$25. Riders can enjoy a 20 percent discount using an electronic ticket. New Taipei Metro plans to introduce nine mobile payment tools for the system in June 2019 to provide a more convenient riding experience.
In conjunction with the opening of the Green Mountain Line, nine YouBike stations will be in operation along the line, according to a news release posted by New Taipei City’s Transportation Department on Dec 20.
In addition to the Green Mountain Line, a nine-station Blue Coast Line, which runs from Taipei University of Marine Technology to Fisherman's Wharf, is slated for completion in 2019. There are also plans for the Bali and Sanzhi lines in the works.
Interior of the new trains. (CNA image)
Map of the new Danhai LRT Green Mountain Line route. (Image from New Taipei Metro Corporation)
Example of new artwork in the stations. (CNA image)