|System||Seoul Metropolitan Subway|
|Opening||1 September 1994|
|Line length||52.9 km (32.9 mi)|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Operating speed||Around 30km/h or over 50km/h
(longer distances between certain stations)
The Bundang Line is a subway line in the Seoul Capital Area operated by Korail. The name 'Bundang Line' refers to the fact that the line was originally constructed for the new planned town of Bundang. The line starts in central eastern Seoul at Wangsimni, crossing Gangnam District and connecting the cities of Seongnam and Yongin, while terminating at Suwon Station.
The Bundang Line was first opened in September 1994 between Suseo and Ori. It was extended from Suseo to Seolleung in September 2003. On November 26, 2004, a temporary terminal station named Bojeong was opened near the Bundang Line Train Depot, and on December 24, 2007, Jukjeon Station was opened between Ori and Bojeong Stations. On December 28, 2011, a new Bojeong station, as well as Guseong, Singal, and Giheung stations were opened. On October 6, 2012, the line was extended to Wangsimni Station and on December 1, 2012 to Mangpo Station. On November 30, 2013, the final extension to Suwon Station was opened, allowing connections to Line 1, and express service was launched. The Suin Line, which will see through service through the Bundang Line, is slated to open in December 2016, which will create a long line from Wangsimni Station to Incheon Station.
Trains run every 4~5 minutes during rush hours & every 7~8 minutes during off peak hours between Wangsimni and Jukjeon. Trains run at half the frequency between Jukjeon and Suwon, except during rush hours.
All northbound trains terminate at Wangsimni, except during night time where they terminate at Jukjeon. Half of the southbound services head to Suwon, and another half head Jukjeon. Express train service stop at all stops between Wangsimni and Jukjeon, and thereafter at Giheung, Mangpo, Suwon City Hall and Suwon. The express service only operates during rush hours on weekdays.
The Bundang Line uses Korail Class 351000 trains. The rolling stock is the same class used on Line 4 because they were all originally classified as Class 2000 trains. First generation trains (trainsets 351-01~351-22) were introduced since the line's opening, second generation trains (trainsets 351-23~351-28) were introduced when the Bundang Line was extended from Suseo to Seolleung in 2003, and third generation trains (351-29~351-60) are currently being introduced as more extensions open; trainsets 351-29~351-43 have been delivered and are on property, and all are currently in service. Trainsets 351-44~351-60 are expected to be delivered when the rest of the Suin Line opens.
The reconstructed Suin Line will see direct service through the Bundang Line, but this will not happen until its final section between Suwon Station and Hanyang University at Ansan Station is completed in 2016.
- "Date Announced For Southern Bundang Extension". Kojects. November 13, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
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