Batong Line, Beijing Subway

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Batong Line
八通线
BJS Batong Line icon.svg
Guoyuan station platform.jpg
Overview
Type Rapid transit
System Beijing Subway
Status Operational
Termini Sihui
Tuqiao
Stations 13
Daily ridership 356,000 (2013)[1]
Operation
Opening December 27, 2003; 10 years ago (2003-12-27)
Operator(s) Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd
Depot(s) Tuqiao[2]
Rolling stock SFX01, SFX02
Technical
Line length 18.9 km
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification Third rail
Highest elevation Surface level
Route map
Batong Line, Beijing Subway
 Pingguoyuan 
Sihui Change to Line 1
Sihui Depot
Sihui East Change to Line 1
Jingbao Railway
Gaobeidian
Communication University of China
Shuangqiao
Guanzhuang
Tonghui River
Baliqiao
Jingcheng Railway
Tongzhou Beiyuan
Jingqin Railway
Guoyuan
Jiukeshu
Liyuan
Linheli
Tuqiao
Tuqiao Depot

The Batong Line of the Beijing Subway (Chinese: 八通线; pinyin: bātōng xiàn) is a surface level rapid transit rail line in eastern Beijing. It extends Line 1 further east from Sihui to the suburbs in Tongzhou District. The Batong Line derives its name by combining the first character of Bawangfen (八王坟), another place name for Sihui, and Tongzhou (通州) the eastern suburban district of Beijing which the line serves. The Batong Line is sometimes abbreviated as 8T but it should not be confused with Line 8 of the Beijing Subway.

The Batong Line is entirely above ground and runs 18.9 km from the Sihui Station in the west to Tuqiao in the east. Transfers are available to Line 1 at the Sihui and Sihui East stations. The colour of Batong Line that is shown on maps, like that of Line 1, is red.

Fare[edit]

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

Hours of Operation[edit]

The first east-bound train departs Sihui at 6:00am. The first west-bound train departs Tuqiao at 5:20am. The last east-bound train leaves Sihui 10:45pm. The last west-bound train leaves Tuqiao at 10:05pm. For the official timetable, see [2].

Route[edit]

The Batong Line follows the Beijing-Tongzhou Expressway eastward from Sihui to Guanzhuang. Between Gaobeidian and Guanzhuang, the Batong Line and its stations are built into the highway's median. At Baliqiao, the Batong Line turns to the southeast and follows the Jingtang Road to Tuqiao, which is located just inside the Tuqiao Bridge exit on the eastern 6th Ring Road.

Stations (from West to East)[edit]

Station
Station Name
English
Station Name
Hanzi
Travel Time
hours
Distance[3]
km
Transfer
Nearby Bus Stops*[4]
Location
BT01 Sihui 四惠
sìhuì
0:00 0 1 1 4 57 312 322 363 397 402 405 455 468 475 495 496 506 628 648 649 666 671 725 728 753 808 810 825 847 912 938支2 984 985 989 Chaoyang
BT02 Sihui East 四惠东
sìhuì dōng
0:03 1.72 1 312 363 397 455 468 475 506 628 649 666 718 728 938 938支2
BT03 Gaobeidian
高碑店
gāobēidiàn
0:05 3.09 312, 322, 397, 475, 506, 649, 667, 668, 669, 728, 938支2
BT04 Communication University of China
CUC (Beijing Broadcasting Institute)
传媒大学
chuánméi dàxué
0:08 5.09 312, 397, 475, 506, 649, 666, 728
BT05 Shuangqiao 双桥
shuāngqiáo
0:11 6.97 312, 397, 475, 506, 649, 666, 728
BT06 Guanzhuang
管庄
guǎnzhuāng
0:14 8.90 312, 649, 666, 728, 930
BT07 Baliqiao
Eight Mile Bridge
八里桥
bālǐqiáo
0:17 10.66 312, 342, 649, 667, 668, 669, 728, 855, 938
BT08 Tongzhou Beiyuan
通州北苑
tōngzhōu běiyuán
0:20 12.36 938, 938支1, 5, 9 Tongzhou
BT09 Guoyuan 果园
guǒyuán
0:23 13.83 316, 668, 669, 924, 938, 938支1, 5, 8, 976支
BT10 Jiukeshu 九棵树
jiǔkēshù
0:25 14.82 372, 668, 938, 938支1, 5, 976, 通州12
BT11 Liyuan 梨园
líyuán
0:28 16.04 372, 647, 668, 938, 938支1, 2, 3, 5, 6
BT12 Linheli
临河里
línhélǐ
0:30 17.30 435, 924, 938, 938支1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
BT13 Tuqiao 土桥
tǔqiáo
0:32 18.07 924, 938, 938支1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
A Batong Line train at Sihui
Gaobeidian stop on the Batong Line is located in the median of the Beijing-Tongzhou Expressway

Rolling stock[edit]

Current[edit]

  • SFX01 trainsets #TQ401-TQ418, #TQ414-TQ424
  • SFX02 trainsets #TQ409-TQ413

Former[edit]

  • DK3 trainsets #TQ101-TQ114
  • DK16 trainsets #TQ115-TQ118

History[edit]

Construction of the Batong Line began on December 28, 2001 and the line opened on December 27, 2003.

In 2012, traffic on Batong Line was relieved by the opening of the parallel Line 6, with a 12.14% decrease in daily ridership and a 10-20% reduction in flow during rush hour.[5] However during peak hours sections the line still operates above 100% capacity.[5]

Future[edit]

There will be platform doors on the Batong Line. There might be a south-eastern extension to Huanqiuyingcheng via Taiyuyuan, connecting the Yizhuang Line (future). The Batong Line might be combined with Line 1. There might be a Hugezhuang Line that starts from Batong Line's Tongzhoubeiyuan to Hugezhuang.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Ridership". Beijing Subway. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  2. ^ 刘洪涛, 宋敏华主编 (2008). 北京地铁八通线勘察设计·施工监理·建设管理. 北京: 中国建筑工业出版社. pp. 314-325. ISBN 978-7-112-09808-8. 
  3. ^ (Chinese)[1] last accessed Apr. 25, 2010[dead link]
  4. ^ 北京地铁[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "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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