Taichung The First Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Route in Taiwan Is Scheduled for Trial Run


Taipei, July 26 (CNA) President Ma Ying-Jeou and Taichung Mayor Jason Hu took a ride on the central city's new bus-based mass rapid transit line Saturday, on the eve of the opening of its year-long free service.
After riding a 3.5-kilometer stretch of the bus rapid transit (BRT) route along Taiwan Boulevard, Ma gave Hu the thumbs up for planning a public transport system that he said is as good as a subway.
Of course, many people said that the achievement is for the upcoming election. Should the Blue Line (along the central and very busy Taichung Harbor road) be the first line? No, someone said it's not worth it. I used to live in Taichung and hated that there is too much traffic in this city although the weather was nice. Basically, I am afraid that the system is dangerous. But most important of all we can benefit greatly by year-long free service if we travel in Taichung.
The priority section of Blue Line, with half of the stations open, started operation on 28 July 2014, and all stations along the section will be open on 17 August 2014.
BRT Blue Line (藍線)
Station Number
Station Name (Chinese)
Station Name (English)
Location
Remark
A01
臺中火車站
Taichung Railway Station
In front of Taichung Railway Station (Jianguo Rd.) (建國路)
open
A02
彰化銀行 (僅東行)
Chang Hwa Bank (only eastward)
Ziyou Rd. (自由路) Intersection
not yet built
A03
仁愛醫院 (僅西行)
Jen-ai Hospital (only westward)
Liuchuan E. Rd. (柳川東路) Intersection
under construction
A05
茄苳腳
Jia Dong Jiao
Meichuan W. Rd. (梅川西路)/Duxin St. (篤信街) Intersection
under construction
A06
中正國小
Chung-Cheng Elementary School
Daren St. (大仁街)/Yingcai Rd. (英才路) Intersection
open westward, eastward under construction
A07
科博館
National Museum of Natural Science
Jianxing Rd. (健行路) Intersection
under construction
A08
忠明國小
Chung-Ming Elementary School
Zhongming Rd. (忠明路) Intersection
under construction
A09
頂何厝
Ding He Cuo
Hankou Rd. (漢口路)/Dongxing Rd. (東興路) Intersection
under construction
A10
市政府
Taichung City Hall
Wenxin Rd. (文心路) Intersection
open
A11
新光/遠百
Shin Kong Mitsukoshi/Top City Dept. Store
Huilai Rd. (惠來路) Intersection
under construction
A12
秋紅谷
Maple Valley Garden
Chaofu Rd. (朝富路) Intersection
open
A13
福安
Fu-An
Anhe Rd. (安和路) Intersection
under construction
A14
中港新城
Zhonggang New Community
Zhonggong Third Rd. (中工三路) Intersection
under construction
A15
中港澄清
Cheng Ching Hospital
Fukang Rd. (福康路)/Zhonggong Second Rd. (中工二路) Intersection
under construction
A16
玉門路
Yumen Rd.
Yumen Rd. (玉門路) Intersection
under construction
A17
榮總/東海大學
Taichung Veterans General Hospital/Tunghai University
Dongda Rd. (東大路) Intersection
open
A18
東海別墅
Dong Hai Bie Shu Shopping District
Guoji St. (國際街)/Dongyuan Ln. (東園巷) Intersection
open
A19
坪頂
Pingding
Youyuan Rd. (遊園路) Intersection
open
A20
正英路
Zhengying Rd.
Pipalun Rd. (枇杷崙路) Intersection
open
A21
弘光科技大學
Hungkuang University
In front of Hungkuang University
open
A22
晉江寮
Jin Jiang Liao
Dongjin E. Rd. (東晉東路) Intersection
open
A23
靜宜大學
Providence University
In front of Providence University
open

Now it seemed that we can visit Tunghai University. The scenic spots in Tunghai University include the Luce Memorial Chapel (Chinese: 路思義教堂) which is a Christian chapel on the campus of Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan and was first conceived as a multi-planar, wooden structure, but the architects soon abandoned the idea of using wood due both to the humid environment and to seismic concerns.


If you live in Hong Kong, you can consider booking a flight on Hong Kong Express to Taichung. Or you can transfer to Hong Kong and then visit Taichung. In the future you can get to Taichung Main Station on the Orange Line from Taichung Airport commonly known as Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport. It’s a long wait. Have fun in Taichung.
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