Songshan Station (Chinese: 松山車站; pinyin: Sōngshān Chēzhàn) is a railway station at the junction of Songshan, Xinyi and Nangang Districts in Taipei, Taiwan. It is served by the Taiwan Railway Administration and is a terminal station of the Taipei Metro Songshan Line.

This station connects to the shopping centre at basement 1 and level 1.

Station overview

Taipei Metro platform
TRA platforms
A TEMU1000 series train stops at the old at-grade station just before it closed, September 2008.

Songshan Station became the principle south-bound origin and north-bound terminus for the West Trunk Line starting in 1986, after the reconstruction of Taipei Station began in 1985. These functions were moved to Chitu in Keelung City shortly before the reconstruction. The former Songshan Station was at-grade and operated by the TRA. It opened as a temporary station in July 2003 as part of the Taipei Railway Underground Project.[3] All railway lines and platforms have been moved underground (from at-grade) since 21 September 2008 in a move to improve safety and area development.[4] A 7.6 kilometres (4.7 mi) tunnel was constructed between this station and neighboring Nangang Station at a cost of NT$76.5 billion.[5]

The current station building opened for service in 2008. Built by Ruentex Development Company, the new station building was constructed via a NT$3.3 billion build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract.[6] The Taiwan Railways Administration section consists of two island platforms (four tracks), while the Taipei Metro station has an island platform and five exits. They are connected via an underground passage.[7]

The new Taipei Metro station has a "Halo of City" theme with an egg-shaped hall and columns forming a ring structure.[8] The station is 21 m (69 ft) deep, 390 m (1,280 ft) long, and 24 m (79 ft) wide. It has six exits, four vent shafts, and two accessibility elevators.[7] The north side of the station is land for a joint development project.

Public art

The Taipei Metro station features a theme of "Festivities of Light" to reflect the mix of traditional and modern culture, local religion, and administration. It enhances the night activity in the area.[7]

Construction around the station for the Taipei Metro Songshan Line.

Bicycle Accessibility

Songshan Station is 0 kilometer starting point for the Taiwan Cycling Route No. 1[9], and the station features a bicycle accessibility stair ramp.


On 20 October 1891, it was opened as "Sekkhao Train Wharf" (錫口火車碼頭). Then, it was renamed to Seikō Station (錫口停車場) in 1895 and in 1920, the station became known as Matsuyama Station.

On 30 March 1936, the Matsuyama Airport Line (ja) (later renamed Songshan Power Station Line, until 1 May 1966) begins operation from Matsuyama Station to Matsuyama Airport. It was upgraded to second-class train station on 1 January 1955. Songshan Airport Line stops operating on 1976, and freight services ceased on 15 August 1985. The new station building opened on 15 July 1986 and on 1 July 1987, it became first-class train station. Freight cargo services were shifted to Nangang on 20 September 1991. The station moved underground on 21 September 2008 and the temporary station was present from 28 July 2003 to 29 December 2009.

On 15 November 2014, the Songshan Line terminus opened for service.

An explosion occurred at the station before midnight on 7 July 2016. A broken metal tube filled with explosive material was found on the scene, but a cause has not yet been determined.[10]

Platform layout

1, 2 1A, 1B West Coast Line (southbound) toward Taichung TRA station, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Fangliao
West Coast Line (northbound) toward Shulin
3, 4 2A, 2B West Coast Line (northbound) toward Qidu, Keelung
West Coast Line (southbound) toward Yilan, Su-ao, Hualien, Taitung

Station layout


Street Level Entrance/Exit Entrance/Exit
B1 Concourse Ticket gates, waiting area, TRA ticketing, automatic ticket dispensing machines, Restrooms
B2 Platform 1A West Coast Line toward Taichung TRA station, Kaohsiung (Taipei)
Island platform
Platform 1B toward Shulin (Taipei)
Platform 2A toward Keelung (Nangang)
Island platform
Platform 2B West Coast Line toward Yilan, Hualien, Taitung (Nangang)
Concourse Lobby, information desk, automatic ticket dispensing machines, one-way faregates, Restrooms
Platform 1 Taipei Metro Line G.svg Songshan–Xindian Line toward Xindian / Taipower Building (G18 Nanjing Sanmin)
Island platform, doors open on the left/ right
Platform 2 Taipei Metro Line G.svg Songshan–Xindian Line toward Xindian / Taipower Building (G18 Nanjing Sanmin)
Preceding station   Taiwan Railways Administration   Following station
toward Keelung
West Coast line
toward Kaohsiung
Preceding station   Taipei Metro   Following station
Terminus Taipei Metro Line G.svg Songshan–Xindian line

See also


  1. ^ "Volume of Passenger and Freight Traffic" (PDF). Taiwan Railway Administration. 2015. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Passenger Volume at Taipei Rapid Transit Stations" (PDF). Taipei City Department of Transportation. 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Songshan Project". Railway Reconstruction Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 
  4. ^ "Underground railway to help local economy". The China Post. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  5. ^ "New Songshan-Nankang railway tunnel will aid development: Ma". Taiwan News. 2008-09-21. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  6. ^ "Ruentex secures Songshan Railway Station project bid". Taipei Times. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "連繫捷運松山站與臺鐵的城市光環". Department of Rapid Transit Systems. 2009-08-01. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  9. ^ "How to cycle around Taiwan in 12 days". Cnn.com. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Many injured in Taiwan train blast". BBC. 2016-07-08. 
  11. ^ "Songshan Station Information Map" (PDF). Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation. 2014-11-15. Retrieved 2014-11-15. 

Coordinates: 25°2′56″N 121°34′40″E / 25.04889°N 121.57778°E / 25.04889; 121.57778