, also called Taipei Railway Station
(臺北火車站, by the Taiwan Railway Administration
) or Taipei Main Station
(by the Taipei Metro
), refers to the old downtown region in Taipei City
, where different modes of public transport
systems converge; the station is at the center of this region. Prior to the completion of the Taipei Metro lines to the station, the region was simply known as "Taipei Station" or "Taipei Railway Station". The station handles over 492,000 passengers daily on conventional rail, metro, and high-speed rail.
Taipei Station and its surroundings are currently undergoing intensive renovation and redevelopment. Projects include the construction of the Taoyuan Airport MRT System
(slated to begin service by 2013) and the Gate of Taipei
The station is located in the Zhongzheng District
in downtown Taipei. The area just south of the station is known as "station front" because the original train station's main entrance faced south. Accordingly, the area just north of the station is known as "station rear." The station rear area is actually located in the Datong District
. The commercial districts around the station are popular with students and commuters, and boast a large collection of bookstores, eclectic businesses targeting students, and cram......