One of the Most Innovative Transport Systems in Asia

To much fanfare, the public today finally got the chance to take a ride on Kaohsiung’s new Light Rail Transit line.

Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu officially launched the first four stations on the new Circular Line, running along the old route of the Kaohsiung Harbor Line railway.  The LRT is now open for a free trial run between the Lizihnei and Kaisyuan Jhonghua Stations.  However, during the trial period, passengers will only be allowed to board and exit the trains at the Lizihnei Station.

Mayor Chen says Kaohsiung’s light rail system is the first in Taiwan, and the world’s first light rail vehicle system on a fully catenary-free route — meaning there will be no unsightly power wires hanging over the tracks.  Instead, the system relies on rapid charge capacitors and batteries to power the trains from station to station.  The train can be re-charged within 20-40 seconds — no more time than a typical stop at the station.

During the trial run, passengers who want to try the new system are required to make reservations online at, or by phone at 07-793-9676.

The first phase of the project, which consists of an 8.7-kilometer line around Kaohsiung Harbor with 14 stops, is expected to be completed in mid-2016.

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Kaohsiung Lightrail Transit, roomy trains for plying the harbor city.

Kaohsiung LRT

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