Line 16, Beijing Subway
|Operator(s)||Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd|
Line 16 of the Beijing Subway (Chinese: 北京地铁16号线; pinyin: běijīng dìtiě shíliù hàoxiàn) is a rapid transit rail line under construction in Beijing. Line 16's route will run 49.7 km in far western Beijing, parallel and to the west of Line 4. Construction began in December 2013 and is expected to be completed by 2016. The line will be managed by the Beijing MTR Corp. and use eight-car high-capacity wide-body A-size trains.
In 2009, Line 16 was among the 198 major urban planning projects listed by the city’s development and reform commission. At that time, Line 16 was slated to run about 35 km from Huilongguan in Changping District to Huaxiang in Fengtai.
According to the June 2010 plans, Line 16 in the far north will take the place of Line 4’s northern extension and run 48 km from Beianhe in Haidian District south to Xiaoyueyuan near the Marco Polo Bridge in Fengtai District. The line would begin near Beianhe, and provide access to parts of Haidian, north of the foothills the Western Hills that extend into district. For this reason, the line is also called the Haidian Back Mountain Line because it begins on the backside of the low-lying range that extends from the Fragrant Hills to the Summer Palace. Points of interest that the line may pass along route to Xiaoyueyuan in the south include the Summer Palace, Haidian Gymnasium, National Library, Purple Bamboo Park, Beijing Zoo, Chegongzhuan West Road, Sanlihe, Wanshou Temple, Lize Financial District, and the Fengtai Railway Station.
The June proposal was scaled back in December 2010 to just 23 km, from Suzhoujie to Wanping, but has subsequently been restored to 49 km.
Construction began in December 2013.
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