Line 13, Beijing Subway

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Line 13
十三号线
BJS Line 13 icon.svg
Beijing Subway Longze station.jpg
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Beijing Subway
Status Operational
Termini Xizhimen
Dongzhimen
Stations 16
Daily ridership 946,000[1]
Operation
Opening September 22, 2002
Operator(s) Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd
Depot(s) Huilongguan Depot[2]
Technical
Line length 40.5 km (25.2 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Lines 2, 4, 13
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Xizhimen
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Dazhongsi
Lines 10, 13
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Zhichunlu
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Wudaokou
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Shangdi
Lines 13, Changping Line
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Xi'erqi
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Longze
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Huilongguan
Lines 8, 13
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Huoying
Lines 5, 13
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Lishuiqiao
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Beiyuan
Lines 13, Line 15
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Wangjing West
Lines 10, 13
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Shaoyaoju
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Guangximen
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Liufang
Lines 2, 13, Airport Express
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Dongzhimen
Line 13 train entering Wudakou

Line 13 of the Beijing Subway (Chinese: 北京地铁13号线; pinyin: běijīng dìtiě shísānhào xiàn), also known as the CityRail Line (城铁线), or erroneously as Light Rail, is a metro line that serves the northern suburbs of Beijing. On a map, Line 13's route is shaped like an inverted U that arcs north of the city and connects residential suburbs in Haidian, Changping and Chaoyang Districts with the 2nd Ring Road and Line 2 at Xizhimen and Dongzhimen. With the exception of Dongzhimen, all of Line 13's tracks and stations are located on the surface or elevated above ground. At 40.9 km, Line 13 used to be the longest line of the Beijing Subway until the line 10 extension opened; 14 of its 16 stations are on the surface. Line 13's color is      amber. During rush hours, the section between Xizhimen and Wudaokou Stations is most second most congested section in the Beijing subway network, operating at 130% capacity.[3]

Fare[edit]

Platform sign at Xizhimen Subway Station marking Dazhongsi-bound Line 13 train

Flat fare of RMB(¥) 2.00 with unlimited transfers.

Hours of operation[edit]

Wudaokou Station

The first trains depart from Xizhimen and Dongzhimen at 5:35am. The last trains to go the full-distance and reach the other terminus depart from Xizhimen and Dongzhimen at 10:42pm. In addition, Line 13 offers later night trains from either terminus that travel half of the full route. The last train to leave Xizhimen, departs at 11:45pm and ends its journey at Huilongguan at 12:09am. The last train to leave Dongzhimen, departs at 11:45pm and ends its journey at Huoying at 12:09am. For the official timetable, see.[4] The frequency of trains on Line 13 vary from 3.5 minutes per train during the morning rush hour (6:20am–9:40am) to 5 minutes per train during the evening rush hour (4:40pm–8:40pm) to 10-11.5 minutes per train after 10:50pm. For full listing of train frequency, see.[5]

Route[edit]

Line 13's route is shaped like a horseshoe over northern Beijing. From Xizhimen in Xicheng District, Line 13 heads north, running alongside the Beijing-Baotou Railway into Haidian. After three stops in the bustling university district -- Dazhongsi, Zhichunlu (transfer to Line 10) and Wudaokou—Line 13 leaves the 5th Ring Road and enters the suburbs of northern Haidian. At Xierqi, Line 13 meets the Changping Line, and turns east, following the southern edge of Changping District for three stops (Longze, Huilongguan, and Huoying), before turning to the southeast. It enters Chaoyang District at Lishuiqiao (transfer to Line 5) and curls southwest after Beiyuan onto the Beijing-Chengde Expressway. At Wangjing West, Line 13 intersects with Line 15. After entering the 3rd Ring Road at Guangximen, the line runs straight south, along the remnants of the eastern earthen wall to Liufang. Then, Line 13 goes underground to Dongzhimen in Dongcheng District where transfers are available to Line 2 and the Airport Express.

Stations (from West to East)[edit]

Station
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hanzi
Travel Time
hours
Distance
km
Transfer
Nearby Bus Stops*[6]
Location
1301 Xizhimen 西直门
xīzhímén
0:00 0.0 2 4
China Railways.svg Beijingbei
7 16 16支 21 26 27 44 105 334 360支375 375支 387 392 603支 618 702 719 722 732支 748 749 816 820 845 800 902 904 932 933 939 962 Xicheng
1302 Dazhongsi
Big Bell Temple
大钟寺
dàzhōngsì
0:03 2.8 123 323快 361 367 422 425 601 626 718 727 727支 730 827 836 932 967特8 Haidian
1303 Zhichunlu
Zhichun Rd.
知春路
zhīchūnlù
0:05 4.0 10 304 386 626 725 735 804 826 835 941 944
1304 Wudaokou 五道口
wǔdàokǒu
0:08 5.9 307 331 375 630 722 726 731 732支 743 809 825 951
1305 Shangdi 上地
shàngdì
0:13 10.8 323 328 355支362 362支 365 419 629 717 722 743 752 811 814 817支 852 903 909 911 951 973 982特4
1306 Xierqi 西二旗
xīèrqí
0:16 13.2 Changping 355支362 392
1307 Longze 龙泽
lóngzé
0:21 17.0 307 427 428 429 441 442 443 463 519 543 625 914 919 Airport8 昌平19 昌平20 昌平21 昌平26 昌平58 昌平68 Changping
1308 Huilongguan 回龙观
huílónguān
0:24 18.4 307 344 344支 345 407 618 734 753 811 819 820外 834 845 853 919 (慢, 区间, 支, 支2) 925
1309 Huoying 霍营
huòyíng
0:28 20.5 8 731
Maintenance and Storage Depot
- -
1310 Lishuiqiao
Lishui Bridge
立水桥
lìshuǐqiáo
0:33 25.3 5 358 358支 417 417支 629 713 727支 751 758 803 836 847 849 850 850支 851 858 912 949 966 Chaoyang
1311 Beiyuan 北苑
běiyuàn
0:36 27.6 312 316 317 319 322 342 358 358支 372 372支 415 417 417支 602 629 713 727 727支 728 751 752 758 803 809 836 847 848 849 850 850支 851 852 858 912 912支 924 928 928支928专928 930支 938 938支(1, 2, 3, 4) 941 949 966 976支
1312 Wangjing West 望京西
wàngjīngxī
0:44 34.3 15 420 421 538 614
1313 Shaoyaoju 芍药居
sháoyàojū
0:47 36.5 10 119 119支 753 827 853 929 944 983
1314 Guangximen 光熙门
guāngxīmén
0:49 37.6 606
1315 Liufang 柳芳
lǐufāng
0:51 38.7 104快 120支 606 966
1316 Dongzhimen 东直门
dōngzhímén
0:53 40.5 2
Airport
18 24 44 106 107 117 123 359 401 404 406 413 418 614 623 800 815 820 823 909 915 915支(1,2,3,4) 916 916支 918 918支 923 934 935 936 936区间936支 942 955 961 966 970 974 975 980 987 特2 Dongcheng

Bolded bus line numbers denote bus terminal at or near the subway station.

History[edit]

Beijing Subway AFC ticket Line 13

Line 13 was opened in two phases: The western section between Xizhimen and Huoying was opened on September 28, 2002; the eastern section from Huoying to Dongzhimen was opened on January 28, 2003. Despite being numbered 13, the line was only the third subway line to enter into operation. It was the first Beijing Subway line to adopt Yikatong, the electronic farecard, at the end of 2003. Tickets cost CNY 2. Transfer tickets to and from Line 1 and Line 2 are no longer needed, as the entire Beijing subway system has adopted the ¥2 flat fare with unlimited free transfers.

Rolling stock[edit]

Current[edit]

A type DKZ5 Line 13 train
  • DKZ5 trainsets #H401, #H403-H456
  • DKZ6 trainset #H402

The rolling stock maintenance facility is located at Huilongguan. From mid-2008 to early 2009, all Line 13 trains were converted from four cars per train to six cars per train.

Former[edit]

  • DK3 trainsets #H101-H114
  • DK4 trainsets (transferred from Pyongyang Metro)

The DK4 trainsets, originally built in the early 1970s by the Changchun Car Company, were delivered to Pyongyang Metro in anticipation of its opening in 1973. Some of them were returned to China in 1998 and were used on Line 13 when it opened in 2002 until they were eventually replaced by newer DKZ5 and DKZ6 trainsets (it is unknown if they were returned to Pyongyang).

  • DK16 trainsets #H115-H118
  • DKZ1 trainset #H302
  • DKZ10 trainset #H457

Trainset number H457 has exited service; this train was fraught with quality issues and came in a different livery than other trains.

  • M trainset #H301
  • BD8 trainset #H303

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Ridership". Beijing Subway. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  2. ^ "地铁10号线万柳车辆段封顶". 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2009-02-04. 
  3. ^ "我市轨道交通网络化运营效果凸显". 北京市交通委员会. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
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