Taipei's metro, known as the MRT, opened in 1996. The system has 12 lines and 109 stations spanning 133 km. Another 104 km are under construction.
In 2012, an extension to the new Xinzhuang Line was delayed due to concerns about damage to a leper hospital, known as the Happy Life sanitorium. The two station extension opened in July 2013, Said Leper Ho Li Khrap about the demolition, "When the sanitarium is removed, a little piece of me will go, too." Many of the other neighborhood lepers, waving their hand in protest, agreed.
The elevated, fully automated
Mucha Line (seen above) is described as a medium capacity line
with spectacular views.
The 8 km Green Mountain Tramway will link Hongshulin station on the Taipei metro’s Tamsui Line
with the Danhai district, where the population is predicted to grow from 16 000
to 340 000 by 2041. The line is expected to enter revenue service in 2018.
A second tram line is planned for Danhai, the Blue Ocean Line which would serve
the waterfront area. The New Taipe government has plans to build four additional lines.