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Old October 8th, 2018, 04:30 PM   #81
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Kaohsiung Circular Light Rail Transit | World's first 100% catenary-free light rail



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大眾運輸建設的完整性,讓外來的遊客可以隨意地穿梭在各個景點之間,有利發展觀光。對於老人、婦孺、殘障者等交通弱勢團體而言,搭乘公共運輸更加便利。
輕軌兼具捷運與公車特色,打造更多大高雄30分鐘生活圈之原運輸走廊任務外;納入水岸輕軌路線後串連流行音樂中心、旅運大樓、世貿會展中心等亞洲新灣區旅運需求,並且達到國際化、在地化與全球化的目標。


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KAOHSIUNG Metro: Taiwan's first metro system accepts QR Code tickets on the mobile phone

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LINE Pay一卡通帳戶今上線 轉帳免手續費還能搭高捷

2018-09-03 16:13聯合報 記者黃筱晴╱即時報導

LINE Pay一卡通帳戶今天傍晚將正式上線,一卡通作為目前台灣唯一電子票證兼營電子支付業務的公司,在結合目前在台灣已有320萬註冊用戶的LINE Pay之後,將為目前LINE Pay使用者帶來更多更豐富的服務,包括轉帳、拆帳、繳停車費,甚至搭高雄捷運,現在透過LINE Pay一卡通帳戶就能達成!

使用者在今天傍晚更新LINE App之後,就能在原有的LINE Pay介面中看到「儲值」、「生活繳費」、用戶間的「轉帳」與「分攤付款」、以及可用來搭乘大眾交通工具的「乘車碼」等全新功能,用戶只要先在LINE Pay介面中驗證身份、註冊一卡通帳戶之後,即可綁定指定銀行之帳戶開始使用以下新功能。

儲值:用戶可選擇連結銀行帳戶、或透過ATM轉帳方式將錢匯入,並可設定自動儲值,未來只要餘額低於設定金額就會自指定的連結銀行帳戶自動儲值。

轉帳:用戶可在聊天室內直接轉帳或接收朋友轉來的費用,或從LINE Pay主頁中點選「轉帳」,勾選好友,就能輕鬆轉帳免手續費。

分攤付款:如果跟朋友已經是一個聊天室群組,在聊天室內就可直接設定分攤付款,或也可以從LINE Pay主頁中點選「分攤付款」,勾選好友,輸入邀請金額就能完成分攤。

乘車碼:LINE Pay主頁中點選「乘車碼」,目前在寬閘門掃描QR Code即可進出付款,但目前僅能用來搭乘高雄捷運,下一波會應用在部分公車路線上。

生活繳費:在LINE Pay主頁中點選「生活繳費」,就能繳交路邊停車費,目前支援7個縣市的停車費。未來也將陸續開通水費、電費繳納。

首波有10家合作銀行的帳戶可綁定,包括聯邦商業銀行、臺灣新光商業銀行、台北富邦銀行、中國信託商業銀行、高雄銀行、玉山商業銀行、永豐銀行、中華郵政、臺灣土地銀行與臺灣銀行,綁定之後即可輕鬆透過連結帳戶、ATM轉帳或自動儲值方式輕鬆除直,與其他也開通LINE Pay一卡通帳戶的好友之間轉帳、分攤付款也不用另收手續費。

不只是在原有支援行動支付的店家能夠隨時輕鬆掃碼付款,為來不管是好友聚餐、公司團購、搭乘捷運或是生活繳費等情境,通通都能在LINE Pay上一指完成。






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Line becomes largest shareholder of Taiwan’s iPass


PUBLISHED :May 25, 2018 - 14:39UPDATED :May 25, 2018 - 14:44


[THE INVESTOR] Line, a mobile messenger firm owned by Korean portal operator Naver, has acquired a major stake in Taiwan-based mobile payment firm iPass in its latest efforts to extend its e-payment services, industry sources said on May 25.

Line Biz+Taiwan, the operator of LINE Pay in Taiwan, bought a 29.82 percent stake in iPass for 12.4 billion won (US$11.50 million), becoming the largest shareholder. The second largest shareholder is Taiwan’s Kaohsiung MRT which holds 11.40 percent.






iPass is the only Taiwanese company to obtain licenses for both electronic stored value cards and e-payments, according to LINE.

Line will expand its payment service in the region where Line Pay has more than 2.2 million users as of January. Almost 77 percent of Taiwan’s population or 180 million people, are using Line messenger.

Line Pay’s total transactions reached 473 billion yen in 2017.

By Park Ga-young ([email protected])


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Riding Taiwan’s newest transport link: the TRA Kaohsiung City Network

NT$100 billion investment has seen 15km of city center railway lines tunneled underground

By David Spencer,Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
2018/10/17 14:25


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Kaohsiung is fast becoming one of the best-connected cities in Taiwan. It’s two-line MRT network connects the city center with both Zuoying HSR station, Kaohsiung Airport, and the city’s busiest industrial areas. After a slow start, it has seen user numbers grow in recent years.

Meanwhile, the new Light Rail Network, which is only partially open, connects the MRT to the rapidly redeveloping harbor area of the city. It will eventually provide a circular link to many of the city’s most densely populated residential areas.

And on Sunday, the latest piece in the city’s transport puzzle was formally opened. The TRA Kaohsiung City Network, already more commonly known as the Kaohsiung Underground Railway, was formally opened.



This project has seen 15.37km of mainline railway tunneled underground. But crucially for Kaohsiung commuters, it has also seen the construction of seven new stations and the refurbishment of three more. The Kaohsiung Underground Railway is essentially now a fourth major public transportation line in the city with a fifth (the yellow line) also under consideration



It has not come cheaply. Conservative estimates put the total cost of the project at a cool NT$100bn (US$3.2bn). It is a phenomenal sum of money, much of which has been borrowed by the Kaohsiung City Government leaving the city with a considerable public debt to deal with.

The opening ceremony on Sunday saw President Tsai-Ing-wen (蔡英文), former Kaohsiung Mayor and current Secretary-General to the President, Chen Chu (陳菊), and current acting Kaohsiung Mayor, Hsu Li-ming (許立明) all laud the efforts of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in getting the project finished, given the lack of financial support for Kaohsiung from the previous KMT administration.

There is little doubt that politicking under the KMT left the staunch DPP city of Kaohsiung with little option but to raise funds for redevelopment themselves. However, it is also fair to say that the question of whether this project delivers value-for-money for the city still divides opinion here.

What the Underground Railway does for Kaohsiung


There are a number of clear benefits for the city and its residents. The new underground line should encourage more people to commute on public transport and therefore might make a small inroad into the city’s chronic air pollution issues. It will also help tourists travel to popular tourists’ attractions including the Science and Technology Museum and the Museum of Fine Art.

With the railway lines now underground, many residents living nearby will no longer be affected by the noise and pollution created by Taiwan’s aged rolling stock. The land on which the lines used to run is to be turned into parkland and public space. This should also help to drive up property prices and the redevelopment of areas close to the lines.



The project will also help with issues of traffic congestion in the city. The many frustrating level crossings that frequently delay journeys should now be a thing of the past. In addition, the removal of small and ugly flyovers on busy roads such as Dashun Road (大順路) and Bo-ai Road (博愛路) will help the flow of cars and scooters around the city.

Riding on the new underground network is, at the moment, a joy. The new stations are in pristine condition, although work continues at surface level on most of them. To encourage new users, TRA has also dropped the prices on all journeys between Fengshan and Xinzuoying to just NT$30 for adults and NT$15 for minors and concessions.

At the moment, you will see plenty of tourists, railway enthusiasts, and Instagrammers keen to get a picture of the new network. It is certainly a unique site when witnessing one of Taiwan’s antiquated trains creaking into a shiny new underground station.

Image Credit: David Spencer

Some people have questioned why the new network isn’t equipped with platform-edge doors. But this is almost certainly because the various different trains using the new underground line all have their doors positioned at different points.

Kaohsiung Main Station: an ongoing project


The centerpiece of the new Underground Railway is the new Kaohsiung Main Station. Anyone who has traveled via the old Kaohsiung Main Station will know how badly this station needed replacing. The old building necessitated a large bridge over the tracks, with grotty ticket offices located on either side. Meanwhile, the beautiful old Kaohsiung Station building, which dates from 1941, was separated from the station by the Bo-ai Road bridge, much neglected, and usually missed by tourists.

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This is all changing thanks to the spectacular new station which is currently under construction. It has been designed by Mecanoo, the Dutch architects behind the new National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Weiwuying, which also opened this weekend.

This new station is already partially open, and visitors can presently enjoy the spectacular new ticket hall, with its huge domed roof. There is however much more work to be done before it is finished, and while I was there, some visitors seemed disappointed that more of it was not yet open.

Image Credit: David Spencer

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The new station is not expected to be fully completed until 2023, and this is understandable when you look at the massive and hugely impressive project being undertaken. When finished, the new station will boast a huge public green space across its entire roof and have a special focus on the 1941 station building, which will be moved back to its original position.

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Even in its current state, the new station is already a significant improvement on what it has replaced. The people of Kaohsiung are now looking forward to the day when their new station is complete. They have a few more years to wait, but in the meantime, there is an impressive new underground railway to enjoy.

Regardless of your views on the cost and levels of public debt run up to fund it, the benefits to Kaohsiung of this new underground rail network and the stunning main station that will be its centerpiece are already clear for all to see.
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Kaohsiung railway makes historic run underground

2018/10/14 19:36:20



Kaohsiung, Oct. 14 (CNA) Railway travelers in Kaohsiung experienced a historic moment on Sunday when a train departed on the city's first underground track for Hualien.

As railway enthusiasts and reporters gathered with flashing cameras, the No. 6188 express train pulled up to the platform at Zuoying Station at around 6:30 a.m. to take on passengers heading to Hualien County and other stops along a route that would run for 15.37 kilometers underground.

"I'm delighted to be able to witness this historic moment," said a commuter surnamed Wang, who usually takes the train to Tainan after a working night shift in Kaohsiung.

The underground railway construction began in 2009 with the goal of taking the railway line underground on a 15.37-km north-south route from Zuoying District to Fangshan District, with 10 stops along the way.

The local government said the project, completed at a cost of nearly NT$100 billion (US$3.23 billion), will create more open space in the downtown area of the southern port city, as the rails and a number of level crossings and overpasses will be removed.

At Sunday's inauguration ceremony, Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) said the Kaohsiung underground railway project will also help alleviate problems of noise, air pollution and traffic congestion in the city's downtown area.

The project also represents huge progress in the city's development, according to a Pingtung University student surnamed Lin, who was on the platform to capture on camera the moment when the first train pulled up to the underground platform of Kaohsiung Station.

Lin said he and other railways enthusiasts were also at the station the previous night to wave farewell to the last train departing at the ground level.

With the development of the new and modern underground system, Lin said, he planned to seek a career at Taiwan Railways Administration after graduation so he could introduce the beauty of Taiwan railways to foreign nationals.

The next big infrastructure development in Kaohsiung will be an upgrade of its airport, according to Premier Lai, who said annual passenger turnover at the airport is expected to increase to 10 million by 2035 compared with 6.48 million in 2017.

Sunday's rail inauguration ceremony was also attended by Acting Kaohsiung Mayor Hsu Li-ming (許立明), Transportation Minister Wu Hong-mo (吳宏謀), and Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊), who served as Kaohsiung mayor from December 2006 to April 2018.

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Taiwan’s Kaohsiung underground rail line opens to public

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Taiwan’s underground railway line has opened in Kaohsiung for commercial commuter services.

Built over ten years, the line is 15.37km long and runs between Zuoying and Fongshan.

According to Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Railway Bureau, the line will remove all ground-level railway tracks in downtown Kaohsiung, seven railway crossings and 16 flying junctions.


Removal of these crossings and junctions is expected to improve the traffic conditions and minimise train-related accidents.

Developed with an investment of around $3.23bn, the project is set to create additional open space in Kaohsiung’s downtown area.

"Developed with an investment of around $3.23bn, the project is set to create additional open space in Kaohsiung’s downtown area."
The line links ten railway stations that include Zuoying, Kaohiung, and Fongshan, as well as seven new stops.

Taiwan Presidential Office secretary-general Chen Chu has urged the national and city governments to strengthen their ties in order to complete the rail project’s second phase.

The second phase will see construction of a green corridor on land previously used by railroad tracks and commercial buildings.

The Kaohsiung Railway Station has also been opened along, with the line that passes under the Love River.

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Kaohsiung MRT system will use the new station.

In order to celebrate the underground railway opening along with the new stations, TRA is offering discounted train fares.


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TRA offering discounted train fares to celebrate opening of Kaohsiung underground railway

Passengers have access to discounted fares from Oct. 14


By George Liao,Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2018/10/14 15:06



(Taiwan News) — Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) is offering discounted train fares as of Oct. 14 to celebrate the opening of the Kaohsiung underground railway and 10 new stations along the new line, according to the company's press release.

From Oct. 14 until Dec. 31, passengers have access to discounted fares for journeys from New Zuoying Station (新左營站) to Fengshan Station (鳳山站). For the initial opening week from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, adult tickets are only NT$30 and half-fare tickets are just NT$15. After this, tickets will be sold for NT$42 and NT$22 respectively, until the end of December.

Passengers who purchase the tickets will be allowed unlimited rides between any of the 10 stations along the line from New Zuoying Station to Fengshan Station. The promotional tickets can be bought at New Zuoying Station, Kaohsiung Station (高雄站) and Fengshan Station.

In addition, TRA and Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corp have together launched the daily joint ticket, which allows buyers unlimited rides within the same day on TRA trains between New Zuoying Station and Fengshan Station, as well as Kaohsiung MRT trains for NT$125. The special daily joint ticket will also be available from Oct. 14 to Dec. 31.

The new Kaohsiung underground railway line is 15.37 kilometers in length, according to TRA.

Passengers and railway enthusiasts rushed to take pictures of the first train pulling into the new Kaohsiung Station on the morning of Oct. 14 following the railway's overnight completion, multiple reports said.



Platform entrace at new TRA Kaohsiung Station (Photo by CNA)


The old, temporary Kaohsiung Station (photo by CNA)


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Riding Taiwan’s newest transport link: the TRA Kaohsiung City Network

NT$100 billion investment has seen 15km of city center railway lines tunneled underground

By David Spencer,Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
2018/10/17 14:25



Kaohsiung is fast becoming one of the best-connected cities in Taiwan. It’s two-line MRT network connects the city center with both Zuoying HSR station, Kaohsiung Airport, and the city’s busiest industrial areas. After a slow start, it has seen user numbers grow in recent years.

Meanwhile, the new Light Rail Network, which is only partially open, connects the MRT to the rapidly redeveloping harbor area of the city. It will eventually provide a circular link to many of the city’s most densely populated residential areas.

And on Sunday, the latest piece in the city’s transport puzzle was formally opened. The TRA Kaohsiung City Network, already more commonly known as the Kaohsiung Underground Railway, was formally opened.



Image Credit: David Spencer

This project has seen 15.37km of mainline railway tunneled underground. But crucially for Kaohsiung commuters, it has also seen the construction of seven new stations and the refurbishment of three more. The Kaohsiung Underground Railway is essentially now a fourth major public transportation line in the city with a fifth (the yellow line) also under consideration



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It has not come cheaply. Conservative estimates put the total cost of the project at a cool NT$100bn (US$3.2bn). It is a phenomenal sum of money, much of which has been borrowed by the Kaohsiung City Government leaving the city with a considerable public debt to deal with.

The opening ceremony on Sunday saw President Tsai-Ing-wen (蔡英文), former Kaohsiung Mayor and current Secretary-General to the President, Chen Chu (陳菊), and current acting Kaohsiung Mayor, Hsu Li-ming (許立明) all laud the efforts of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in getting the project finished, given the lack of financial support for Kaohsiung from the previous KMT administration.

There is little doubt that politicking under the KMT left the staunch DPP city of Kaohsiung with little option but to raise funds for redevelopment themselves. However, it is also fair to say that the question of whether this project delivers value-for-money for the city still divides opinion here.

What the Underground Railway does for Kaohsiung

There are a number of clear benefits for the city and its residents. The new underground line should encourage more people to commute on public transport and therefore might make a small inroad into the city’s chronic air pollution issues. It will also help tourists travel to popular tourists’ attractions including the Science and Technology Museum and the Museum of Fine Art.

With the railway lines now underground, many residents living nearby will no longer be affected by the noise and pollution created by Taiwan’s aged rolling stock. The land on which the lines used to run is to be turned into parkland and public space. This should also help to drive up property prices and the redevelopment of areas close to the lines.


The project will also help with issues of traffic congestion in the city. The many frustrating level crossings that frequently delay journeys should now be a thing of the past. In addition, the removal of small and ugly flyovers on busy roads such as Dashun Road (大順路) and Bo-ai Road (博愛路) will help the flow of cars and scooters around the city.

Riding on the new underground network is, at the moment, a joy. The new stations are in pristine condition, although work continues at surface level on most of them. To encourage new users, TRA has also dropped the prices on all journeys between Fengshan and Xinzuoying to just NT$30 for adults and NT$15 for minors and concessions.

At the moment, you will see plenty of tourists, railway enthusiasts, and Instagrammers keen to get a picture of the new network. It is certainly a unique site when witnessing one of Taiwan’s antiquated trains creaking into a shiny new underground station.



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Some people have questioned why the new network isn’t equipped with platform-edge doors. But this is almost certainly because the various different trains using the new underground line all have their doors positioned at different points.

Kaohsiung Main Station: an ongoing project

The centerpiece of the new Underground Railway is the new Kaohsiung Main Station. Anyone who has traveled via the old Kaohsiung Main Station will know how badly this station needed replacing. The old building necessitated a large bridge over the tracks, with grotty ticket offices located on either side. Meanwhile, the beautiful old Kaohsiung Station building, which dates from 1941, was separated from the station by the Bo-ai Road bridge, much neglected, and usually missed by tourists.



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This is all changing thanks to the spectacular new station which is currently under construction. It has been designed by Mecanoo, the Dutch architects behind the new National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Weiwuying, which also opened this weekend.

This new station is already partially open, and visitors can presently enjoy the spectacular new ticket hall, with its huge domed roof. There is however much more work to be done before it is finished, and while I was there, some visitors seemed disappointed that more of it was not yet open.



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The new station is not expected to be fully completed until 2023, and this is understandable when you look at the massive and hugely impressive project being undertaken. When finished, the new station will boast a huge public green space across its entire roof and have a special focus on the 1941 station building, which will be moved back to its original position.


Image Credit: David Spencer


Image Credit: David Spencer

Even in its current state, the new station is already a significant improvement on what it has replaced. The people of Kaohsiung are now looking forward to the day when their new station is complete. They have a few more years to wait, but in the meantime, there is an impressive new underground railway to enjoy.

Regardless of your views on the cost and levels of public debt run up to fund it, the benefits to Kaohsiung of this new underground rail network and the stunning main station that will be its centerpiece are already clear for all to see.


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