The Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit System
; ) is a rapid transit
system covering metropolitan Kaohsiung
. Construction of the KMRT started in October 2001. KMRT is operated by the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit Corporation
; ) under the BOT
contract the company signed with the Kaohsiung City Government.
The Kaohsiung City Government undertook a feasibility study to construct a rapid transit system in Kaohsiung in 1987. After finding favorable results, the city government began lobbying the Central Government for approval and funding. In 1990 approval was obtained to establish the Kaohsiung City Mass Rapid Transit Bureau
and planning of the rapid transit network started. The first phase of the Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit System
, the Red and Orange Lines, was approved in 1991, but disputes in funding shares between Kaohsiung City and Kaohsiung County Governments stalled the project. The Kaohsiung City Mass Rapid Transit Bureau
was officially established in 1994, to coincide with the project's move into the final scoping and detail design stages.
Work continued until 1996, when the Central Government ordered KMRT to look into constructing the project via the Build-Operate-Transfer
(BOT) method. In 1999 the city government put out a request for the... Read More