Transportation in Taiwan

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Ministry of Transportation and Communication

Transportation in Taiwan is an article on means of transportation, infrastructure, networks in Taiwan. The agency in charge of transportation is the Ministry of Transportation and Communications of Taiwan.

Land transportation

Provincial Highway


  • Total length: 41,475 km (2009)
    • National highway: 901 km
    • Provincial highway: 4,680 km
  • Highways: 20,947 km (including 872 km of freeways)
  • Urban roads: 16,395, km


In 2014, there were 295,000 accidents on Taiwan roads, with 391,000 injuries and 1,819 fatalities.[1]


Total:1,580 km (2009) (all on the island of Taiwan)

Conventional rail


Currently, the Taipei Metro in Taipei and New Taipei and the Kaohsiung MRT in Kaohsiung are the only two operational rapid transit systems in Taiwan. Several other cities in Taiwan, including Taoyuan and Taichung, have metro systems under construction. In addition, the TRA is planning on introducing commuting services that run similar to rapid transit systems, including moving its lines underground in central Kaohsiung.[2]

The Taipei Metro (台北捷運) was introduced in 1996 and runs on an extensive network of both Multiple Unit for the high-capacity system as well as VAL for the medium-capacity system throughout the metropolitan area of Taipei. The metro system operates 11 lines consisting of 109 stations.[3]

The Kaohsiung most Rapid Transit (高雄捷運) was introduced in 2008 and runs a metro network throughout the metropolitan area of Kaohsiung. The Red Line is in operation as of March 9, 2008 and the Orange Line opened half a year later on September 14, 2008. Future lines are planned in order to parts of Greater Kaohsiung as well as Pingtung County.

The Taoyuan International Airport MRT (桃園機場捷運) is a line that is expected to begin service in December 2015. The line will connect Taipei city with Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and in the past link up with the Taoyuan MRT, the THSR Taoyuan Station, and then to Zhongli.

The Taoyuan Metro Taoyuan most Rapid Transit System (桃園捷運) is a proposed metro system for the Taoyuan metropolitan land to be consisted of 5 lines (blue, red, green, orange, brown).[4] Currently, a section of the Blue Line is connected to the Taoyuan International Airport MRT.

The Taichung Metro (台中捷運) is currently under construction to create a metro network for Taichung City. The network may serve the Changhua and Nantou counties. The metro will start off with 3 main lines (green, blue, and red) but have four other lines planned. The Green Line is scheduled to be completed in 2015.[5]

The Tainan Mass Rapid Transit System (台南捷運) was postponed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in January 2010 due to fear of insufficient riders and construction costs. The government has instead chosen to upgrade current rail systems and buses.

The Hsinchu Mass Rapid Transit System (新竹捷運) was postponed by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications in January 2010 due to doubts about whether the transit system would be beneficial in the short term.

High-speed rail

Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) 700T Series Shinkansen train in Kaohsiung.

The Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) commenced operations on January 5, 2007, after some delays in 2006. The THSR connects Taipei City in the northeast of the island of Taiwan to Kaohsiung City in the southwest. The journey time is about 90 minutes compared to 4 hours by conventional rail. 30 Shinkansen Class 700T sets are running on the 345 km HSL, with station stops at Taipei Main station, Panchiao, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan and Tsuoying near Kaoshiung. Four additional stations are planned: Nankang in eastern Taipei, Miaoli, Changhua and Yunlin. In 2008 THSR increased the number of trains to 88 per day, each way.

The Shinkansen 700T is similar to the Japanese 700 Nozomi. It operates in 12 car sets (9 powered, 3 trailers) at a speed limit of 300 km/h over standard gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) track. OCS power is 25 kV AC 60 Hz.

Air transportation


Total: 40

Length of runways:


Total: 31 (2013)[6]

Sea transportation

Ports and harbors

Major ports: Kaohsiung, Keelung, Taichung, Hualien

Other ports: Anping, Su'ao, Taipei

Interior ports: Putai, Magong

Merchant marine: 112 ships (1,000 GRT or over) totaling 3,827,173 GRT/6,121,877 tonnes deadweight (DWT) (2010)
ships by type:

  • Bulk 35
  • Cargo 20
  • Chemical tanker 1
  • Container 31
  • Petroleum tanker 12
  • Passenger/cargo 4
  • Refrigerated cargo 7
  • Roll on/roll off 2


As of 2013, Taiwan maintains the following pipelines[7]

  • Condensate 25 km
  • Gas 802 km
  • Oil 241 km

See also


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  3. "Taipei Metro Networks and Systems". Taipei City Government. Retrieved 2014-01-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Introduction to Taoyuan MRT". Taoyuan County Government. Retrieved 2014-01-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Taichung Mass Rapid Transit System". Taichung City Government. Retrieved 2014-01-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "CIA World Factbook".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "The World Factbook". Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 1 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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