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Shanghai plans to open two more metro lines this year

Already the largest metro system in the world, Shanghai plans to open Line 14 and Line 18 by the end of 2021

Photograph: Touann Gatouillat Vergos via Unsplash
You don’t call it metropolitan without a decent metro. And Shanghai – home to the world’s longest metro system – is adding even more mileage this year with more metro lines due by the end of 2021: Line 14 and the completion of first phase of Line 18.

According to Shine crews finished digging for Line 14 at the end of December 2020. When complete, the total length of the track will stretch 38.5 kilometres with 31 stations connecting Fengbang in Jiading district to the west and Guiqiao in Pudong to the east passing through Jingan Temple, Huangpi Nan Lu, Dashijie, Yuyuan Garden, Lujiazui, Lantian Lu, Yunshan Lu and Pudong Football Stadium.

Also scheduled for completion this year is the first phase of Line 18 that got underway last year. While the full line is still in the planning stages, it will eventually connect Hangtou in Pudong (south-east) with Dakang Lu in Baoshan (north-west), according to the Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission. As for phase one, eight stations in the south between Hangtou and Yuqiao in the south of Pudong have been in operation in since mid-December with Yuqiao to Changjiang Nan Lu in Baoshan still to go. Trains on Line 18 are driverless and are equipped with wireless charging stations. (Click here for the map of all the planned stations).

Also, in more metro news, Line 15 opened last Saturday (January 23). The new addition starts from Park in Baoshan district to Zizhu Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone in Minhang district, connecting Baoshan, Putuo, Changning, Xuhui and Minhang.

What’s next? Well, it don't stop. The city has plans to build more metro lines over the coming years including the much-anticipated Lingang - Pudong International Airport - Shanghai East Railway Station line, as well as sections of Line 21 (Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal – Disneyland) and Line 23 (Shanghai Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone – Shanghai Stadium) which are still in the planning stages.

Then there's the Hongqiao Airport to Pudong International Airport express metro line, which will shorten travel time between two airports to 40 minutes and is expected to open by the end of 2024.

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