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The Chengdu Metro serves the city of Chengdu, capital of the province of Sichuan, in southwestern China.
Fares: Minimum fare ¥ 2.—; distance-based fares up to ¥ 7.— at present.
Current lines in service:
IN THE WORKS
The Chengdu metro is expected to see major improvements by 2018. Two extensions to Line 1 are in the works. In the meantime, all-new Lines 3, 4, 7, and 10 are expected to be added to the network. Line 7 itself will be a ring line.
- Line 1: Laijiadian – Shengxian Lake and Century City – Huayang – Tianfu New Station; also includes branch line from Huayang to Hongxing
- Line 3: Chengdu Military Area General Hospital – Taipingyuan
- Line 4: Wansheng – Intangible Relics Museum – Wannianchang – Chengdu University
- Line 7: Ring line via Yipintianxia, Chengdu South (Chengdu’nan)Railway Station, and Chendu East (Chengdudong) Railway Station
- Line 10: Taipingyuan – Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport Terminal 2
In 1985, the city first thought about its networks, and by 1992, initial plans were put down on paper. It would be another 12 years, though, before the metro operators were incorporated. Following this, planning and construction further accelerated; trial works got ahead in early 2005, with the full plan for Lines 1 and 2 approved by the government later that year. Full works on Line 1 got underway later that year.
Works on Line 2 began in late 2007, with its western extension starting construction in 2010. Later that year, Line 1 would first open for public trial runs, before it would officially open on 27 September 2010.
2011 was a busy year for expansions to the network, with the eastern extension of Line 2 starting work, and approval obtained to build Line 4. A year later, works officially began both on Lines 3 and 4. Around this time, Line 1 also had its southern extension start construction. Network expansion plans were approved in 2012 for the 2017 network, and in mid-2015 for the 2020 network. Also in 2012, Line 2 opened in September of that year.
On 08 June 2013, the western extension of Line 2 entered service, connecting central Chengdu with Xipu Railway Station, forming the first metro / national railway cross-platform interchange system, although passengers changing from the metro to national railways had to exit the station first before passing through the railway entrance gates. The eastern extension to Line 2 to Longquan entered service on 26 October 2014.
The Chengdu network is expected to grow by leaps and bounds, quite literally. By 2018, a vey much expanded network will incorporate new lines and extensions. By 2020, a 291 km (182 mile) networkw would have been built.