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The Chongqing Rail Transit system serves the city and municipality of Chongqing, in southwestern China.
Fares: Minimum fare ¥ 2.—; distance-based fare system.
This system supports the Chongqing “Easy Life” City Card.
Current lines in service:
- Line 1: Jiandingpo – Xiaoshizi – Chaotianmen
Please note that Chaotianmen station has not been opened to the public
- Line 2: Jiaochangkou – Yudong
- Line 3: Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport – Yudong
- Line 6: Beibei – Chayuan
- Line 6, International Expo Centre Branch: Lijia – International Expo Centre – Yuelai
IN THE WORKS
The current 202 km (126 mile) network is being expanded to a future grand total of 820 km (512 ½ miles). Over the next few years, the follow lines are to enter service:
- Line 1: Bishan – Jiandingpo
- Line 3, Airport Branch: Bijin – Jurenba
- Ring Line (Line 0): Chongqing West (Chongqingxi) Railway Station loop via Ranjiaba, Chongqing North (Chongqingbei) Railway Station, and Sigongli
- Line 4: Xinpaifang – Tangjiatuo
- Line 5: Garden Expo Centre – Tiaodeng
- Line 10: Liyuchi – Wangjiazhuang
Chongqing’s rail transit system was in the plans as early as 1946, when the then Nationalist government planned for three “high speed tram lines”. The three-line system would run over 41.14 km (nearly 26 miles). After the city was taken over by the Communists, the plans remained and were progressively redone, with new plans in 1960, 1983, 1991, 1998, and 2003.
Getting actual construction done was also attempted early, with the first digging lasting for about a year in the second half of 1958. Another one-year go from 1965 to 1966 (with some digging to continue until 1971) built a few stations in the city centre. Lines 1 and 2 actually make use of some of these tunnels.
The network’s first line to open was Line 2, which opened in November 2004. This was followed by Lines 1 and 3 in 2011, then Line 6 (not including the International Expo Centre Branch) in autumn 2012.
Line 3 was extended further down to Yudong in late 2012. The International Expo Centre Branch opened in mid-May 2013, and by late 2014, Lines 1, 2, and 6 were further extended. However, a number of stations still remained unopened: Chaotianmen on Line 1, Caojiawan and Jiangbei Town on Line 6, and Gaoyikou on the International Expo Centre Branch.
Chongqing is also building its network to include a number of new lines by 2017. These include a loop line, Line 0 (zero), as well as an Airport branch of Line 3, and the first phases of Lines 4, 5, and 10. Extensions to the Line 10 and the International Expo Centre Branch of Line 6, as well as an all-new Line 9, are planned for the year 2020. More distant plans go all the way to Line 17.