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The Zhengzhou Metro serves the city of Zhengzhou, capital of the province of He’nan in central China.
Fares: Minimum fare ¥ 2.—; distance-based fares up to ¥ 5.— at present.
Current lines in service:
- Line 1: Xiliuhu – Zhengzhou Sports Centre
IN THE WORKS
Lines 2–6 are to be added to the network. A grand total of 19 lines, including some to Zhengzhou Air City, are planned for 2050. The current Line 1 is also slated to be extended to universities on the outskirts of the city.
- Line 2: Radio Station – Zhengzhou South (Zhengzhou’nan) Railway Station
- Line 3: Wutong Street – Jin’guang South Road
- Line 4: Nanyang Road – Chenyang Road
- Line 5: Ring line to / from Zhengzhou East (Zhengzhoudong) Railway Station
- Line 6: South 3rd Ring – Longzihu East
A grand master plan to be realised by 2050 calls for a grand total of 19 lines (which include city and regional ones) for both central Zhengzhou and Zhengzhou Air City.
Zhengzhou’s first attempt at its own metro system dates back to 1974, when the plan back then was a 10 km (6 ¼ mile) long tunnel with 6 stations. It actually did create one station which is still in use today — Bishagang on Line 1.
The city’s next try at its city metro was in September 2000, when it planned its metro system based on its 1995–2010 city development plan. Plans were close to being finalised by late 2001. A slight modification on the city’s general plans meant a few metro lines were altered in 2004, and these were followed by a few improvements on more longer-term lines in meetings with specialists in summer 2005. Final changes were completed in October 2007 before the plans were submitted to approval.
Following all of this, works began in earnest in June 2009, when construction on Line 1 started. Works on Line 2 began a year-and-a-half later, in late December 2010. Line 1 opened to the public on 28 December 2013, and Line 2 is expected to follow in 2016.
Zhengzhou’s first stage of metro plans is to construct a six-line network over around 202 km (nearly 126 miles). This will include a ring line, not unlike other cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.