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The Taipei Metro Beimen station ("North Gate") is a station on the Songshan Line located in Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan.

Station overview

This four-level, underground station has two side platforms.[2] It is located beneath Tacheng St. beneath Civic Blvd. and Zhongxiao West Rd.[3] It was scheduled to open in December 2013 with the launch of the Songshan Line. However, the opening of Beimen station was delayed until 15 November 2014.[4]

The southeastern part of the station connects to the Taipei City Mall, which connects through to Taipei Main Station.

Public Art

The theme for this station is "Bearing Grace and Inaugurating Vision".[3] It uses silhouette carvings to represent historical images of Old Taipei, Beimen station, and the history of railway transportation. Artworks include "The Gate of Taipei City", "Bearing Grace" series, "Locomotives" in the "Inaugurating Vision" series, and historical photos of Taipei.

History

Historical excavations on display at Beimen station
Station lobby and concourse

It was originally known as Hokumon Station (北門駅, Hokumon-eki), opened east of the old Taiwan Railway Administration Building on 17 August 1916. It was a terminus for the Tamsui Line. It was an at-grade station with side platforms. This station was closed on 6 March 1923. The Taipei Metro station opened on 15 November 2014.

Construction

Excavation depth for this station is around 32 m (105 ft). It is 171 m (561 ft) in length and 32 m (105 ft) wide. It has four exits, one of which is integrated with the South Wing of the National Taiwan Museum.[3]

Taipei Workshop, a Grade 3 historical monument constructed during the era of Japanese rule, was exactly where the future Beimen station would be located. Thus, a removal project commenced on 20 October 2006 to temporarily move the structure until construction of both the Songshan Line and the Taoyuan International Airport MRT are completed.[5][6] The building was moved 30 meters to the southeast, and was moved back when construction was completed.[7]

Station layout

Exit 3
Street Level Exit
B1 Underground Level Interlinked Taipei Underground MarketTaipei Main StationTaoyuan International Airport MRT
B2 Concourse Lobby, information desk, automatic ticket dispensing machines, one-way faregates
Restrooms
B4
Side platform, doors open on the right
Platform 1 Taipei Metro Line G.svg Songshan–Xindian Line toward Songshan (G14 Zhongshan)
Platform 2 Taipei Metro Line G.svg Songshan–Xindian Line toward Xindian / Taipower Building (G12 Ximen)
Side platform, doors open on the right
Preceding station   Taipei Metro   Following station
toward Songshan
Taipei Metro Line G.svg Songshan–Xindian line
Preceding station   Taoyuan Metro   Following station
Terminus Taoyuan Airport MRT
express
Transfer at: Taipei Main station
Taoyuan Airport MRT
commuter
Transfer at: Taipei Main station

References

  1. ^ "Passenger Volume at Taipei Rapid Transit Stations" (PDF). Taipei City Department of Transportation. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  2. ^ "捷運松山線工程特色". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b c "捷運系統松山線簡介" (PDF). Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2011-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Second Stage of Taipei MRT (Approved MRT Lines)". Department of Rapid Transit Systems, TCG. 2010-03-12. Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ "工程線上 Status Report: 松山線北門站臺北工場古蹟挪移工程". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2006-12-01. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  6. ^ "松山線北門站臺北工場古蹟挪移工程施工前之舊地坪及基礎探挖". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  7. ^ "工程線上 Status Report: 松山線北門站臺北工場古蹟挪移工程". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2010-06-19.