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Detailed Design Services for the Taipei Rapid Transit System


Project Location

Taipei and New Taipei City,

Northern Taiwan


Department of Rapid Transit Systems (DORTS)

Services Period

From January 1988

to Present (on-going)

Type of Services

Engineering Design and Technical Consulting Services

Project Overview


Planning for the Taipei Rapid Transit System, or Taipei Metro, actually began in 1975 as CECI took part in a number of international consortiums together with consulting firms from North America and Europe for the purpose of establishing the initial network of a world class Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system that provides safety, convenience, comfort and beauty.


Such a task would require a tremendous amount of effort and patience from all of those involved, including the related government authorities, international and local consultants, construction contractors as well as the public. But, once all of the planning studies had been completed and the initial route network was formally approved for design and construction, a new era of technology and urban living was ready to begin in Taiwan. 


The Taipei Metro project brought about a number of new learning experiences for both those building the system and for those using the system. Taiwan's engineering consultants now acquired the technological know-how of constructing the nation's first MRT system while adopting a number of different construction techniques to minimize the impact on the environment and traffic. There was no shortage of engineering challenges for the first stage of Taipei Metro as route line sections would wind their way through a limited amount of space over cramped streets, underneath rivers and structures, or nearby historic relics, landmarks, hospitals, schools, etc., all of which are located in an active seismic area.

But, in addition to the technical construction and operation, Taipei Metro has a human side to show the public the other roles in life that an MRT system can play. More than transportation, the Taipei Metro space provides a new look to Taipei's urban environment and a new lifestyle to Taipei's residents by offering a positive and upbeat atmosphere with facilities such as


  • underground streets and shopping malls,

  • showcases of public art,

  • a gathering place for cultural activities,

  • attractive landscapes,

  • linear parks and open plazas as well as

  • displays of unique themes of architecture.


In fact, you could say that the clean, orderly and courteous environment of Taipei Metro creates a new type of culture for Taipei from which people of all walks of life can share something in common with each other and take pride in their city.


Besides helping establish the initial Taipei Metro network during the study and planning of the system more than 40 years ago, CECI also began providing both General Consulting and Detailed Design Consulting Services in 1988 to carry out the detailed design of both elevated and underground sections of the metro network.

At present, there are six (6) lines in operation with 135 stations dotted along more than 150 kilometers of track, while newly constructed line sections are gradually be added to the network year by year.


More Projects

CECI's involvement as Detailed Design Consultant for the above mentioned Taipei Metro lines that are currently in operation include the following:


The Green Line has an overall length of 19.7 kilometers and is comprised of


(1) the 11.2 KM long Xindian Line section heading northward from Xindan in the south to Ximen Station in central Taipei, and 


(2) the 8.5 KM long Songshan Line section which turns eastward from Ximen Station and ends at Songshan Station right next to the Taiwan Railways Songshan Station.

(3) the 1.6 KM long Xiaobitan Branch Line section which branches off of the Xindian Line and connects to Xiaobitan Station located next to the Xindian Depot. 

The Green Line from Xindian to Songshan is entirely underground and has a total of 19 Stations. CECI carried out detailed design services for the following design lot projects:


  • Xindian Green Line Design Lot DL160 Project: 3.0 kilometers long section with 2 underground stations / tunnel​;

  • Xindian Green Line Design Lot DL162 Project: 3.1 kilometers long section with 3 underground stations / tunnel​;


The Blue Line has an overall length of 28.2 kilometers and is comprised of


(1) the 13.6 KM long Nangang Line section traveling in an east-west direction through central Taipei from the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center in the east to Ximen Station in the west, and


(2) the 14.6 KM long Banqiao Line section where the Line continues in a southwest direction from Ximen Station in the north and heads to Dingpu Station in the south located next to the Dingpu High Tech Industrial Park in New Taipei City.


The Blue Line is entirely underground and has a total of 23 Stations. CECI carried out detailed design services for the following design lot projects: 

  • Banqiao Blue Line Design Lot DP178 Project: 1 underground station and connecting facilities;


  • Banqiao Blue Line Design Lot DP178A Project: 1 underground station and 794 meter long tunnel;



Besides the above mentioned design lot projects belonging to the Blue and Green Lines, CECI also carried out detailed design services for a design lot project that traversed both of the Blue and Green Lines (Design Lot DL171 Project).

  • Starting from its eastern end at Shandao Temple Station on the Blue Line, the Design Lot DL171 project route heads westward to Taipei Main Station before turning southward and connecting to Ximen Station where passengers can transfer between both of these lines. From here the project route then follows the Green Line eastward to Xiaonanmen Station before ending at CKS Memorial Hall Station. 

  • The overall length of this design lot project route is 3.23 kilometers and it includes 3 underground stations (Shandao Temple Station, Beimen Station and Ximen Station), an underground pedestrian mall as well as the associated tunnel works along its route length.


The Orange Line has an overall length of 31.5 kilometers and is comprised of

(1) the 5.4 KM long Zhonghe Line section traveling in a northeast direction from the terminus Nanshijiao Station located in the Zhonghe District of New Taipei City and heading northward to Guting Station in Taipei;

(2) the 19.7 KM long Xinzhuang Line section which continues from the Zhonghe Line at Guting Station in Taipei and heads northward through Taipei before turning westward and heading back into New Taipei City where the line travels in a southwest direction through the Sanchong and Xinzhuang  Districts of New Taipei City all the way to Huilong Station where it ends next to the Xinzhuang Depot, and

(3) the 6.4 KM long Luzhou Line section which turns off of the Xinzhuang Line section when it heads back into New Taipei City, and instead travels off in a northwest direction through the Sanchong and Luzhou Districts of New Taipei City all the way to Luzhou Station where it ends next to the Luzhou Depot.


The Orange Line is entirely underground and has a total of 26 Stations. CECI carried out detailed design services for the following design lot projects: 


  • Zhonghe Orange Line Design Lot DL180 Project: 2.7 kilometers long section with 2 underground stations / tunnel​;

  • Xinzhuang Orange Line Design Lot DL193 Project: 2.69 kilometers long section with 4 underground stations / tunnel​;

  • Xinzhuang Orange Line Design Lot DL197 Project: 1 Depot / 3.2 kilometer long twin track rail and 400 meter long tunnel​;

  • Luzhou Orange Line Design Lot DL131 Project: 2.95 kilometers long section with 2 underground stations / tunnel​;

  • Luzhou Orange Line Design Lots DL132/133 Project: 4.26 kilometers long section with 3 underground stations / tunnel​ and 1 Depot;


The Brown Line has an overall length of 25.7 kilometers and is comprised of


(1) the 10.9 KM long Muzha Line section traveling in a north-south direction through central Taipei from Taipei Zoo in the south to Zhongshan Middle School Station located just south of Taipei Songshan International Airport, and


(2) the 14.8 KM long Neihu Extension Line section which continues from Zhongshan Middle School Station, passes underneath the airport, and then travels generally in an east-west direction through the Neihu District all the way to the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Station in neighboring Nangang District.


The Brown Line is mostly elevated with 4.4 kilometers underground and has a total of 24 Stations. CECI carried out detailed design services for the following design lot projects: 

  • Neihu Brown Line Extension Design Lot DB144 Project: 3.5 kilometers long section with 1 underground station / tunnel​;


The Taipei Metro Yellow Line, also known as the Circular Line, is being implemented in phases and eventually will encircle the entire Taipei Metropolitan Area once all of the various line sections are completed.


The first phase of the Yellow Line is situated in the southwestern part of Taipei Metropolitan Area and currently interconnects with the Green Line, Orange Line, Blue Line and the Taoyuan International Airport Rapid Transit Line. In the future, when other Taipei Metro Lines currently under construction are in operation, there will be even more interchanging stations on this first phase section.

This initial section of the Yellow Line has an overall length of 15.4 kilometers and is mostly elevated with a total of 14 Stations. The below ground portion of works only cover a length of 1.2KM and include one underground station where the line interchanges with the Green Line. 


CECI carried out detailed design services for the Design Lot DF112 Project which covers a length of 6.34 kilometers and has 7 elevated stations / viaduct, and at the same time is carrying out detailed design services for other sections of the Yellow Line which will be phased into the network in the future.

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