Ningbo Rail Transit

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Ningbo Rail Transit
Ningbo Metro Logo.png
Owner Ningbo Rail Transit Group
Locale Ningbo, China
Transit type Rapid transit
Daily ridership 55,800 (2014 Avg.)
151,400 (2014 Peak)
Began operation May 30, 2014[1]
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Ningbo Rail Transit
Traditional Chinese 寧波軌道交通
Simplified Chinese 宁波轨道交通

Ningbo Rail Transit is a rapid transit system serving the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang and its suburbs. Six metro lines will be built inside the urban area of Ningbo, serving Haishu, Jiangbei, Jiangdong, Zhenhai, Beilun and Yinzhou.[2] Metro lines connecting Cixi, Yuyao and Fenghua are currently in the early planning stages, no detailed information on lines have been released to the public.[3] The first phase of Line 1 started construction on June 2009 and start to service the public in May 30, 2014.[1]

Ningbo Rail Transit is the second rapid transit system put into service in Zhejiang Province, after Hangzhou Metro.

Lines in operation[edit]

Up to June 2014, there is one line in operation in Ningbo Rail Transit system.

Ningbo Rail Transit System Map en.svg
Line Terminals
Opened Newest Extension Length (km) Stations
Line 1 Gaoqiao West
Donghuan South Road
May 30, 2014 20.8 20

Line 1[edit]

Line 1 is the first metro line serving Ningbo. It stretches in east-west direction, starting from Gaoqiao Town in the west as a viaduct and turns into underground tunnel when it approaches Haishu District. After that the tunnel stretches under Zhongshan Road, a main road in Ningbo, crossing Fenghua River and enters Jiangdong District. Then it passes Ningbo East New Town and ended in Qiuga Town where it will further stretch into Beilun District.[4] The construction project of the section from Gaoqiao to Qiuga was started in June, 2009 and began operation in May 30, 2014,[1] becoming the second subway line in Zhejiang Province.

Lines under construction and future expansions[edit]

There are six urban lines planned in Ningbo Rail Transit system. Of which the first phases of Line 1 and Line 2 will be built before 2015. A plan released in 2012 proposed a further 3 urban lines to be built before 2020, namely Lines 3 to 5. Among these lines, Line 5 will be reformed into a loop line. Regional rails for suburbs is also under planning. At the moment four suburban metro lines are being planned. Lines R1 and R2 will be heading northwest and connecting Yuyao and Cixi respectively. While Lines R3 and R4 will head south and connect Fenghua, Ninghai and Xiangshan.[2]

Phase 2 of Line 1[edit]

Line 1 will leave Donghuan South Road Station, its eastern terminal in Phase I and go eastwards into Beilun District through China National Highway 329 with elevated line. Then it goes along Taishan Road and reach Xiapu, its new terminal. This section is expected to start service in late 2015.

Phase 1 of Line 2[edit]

Line 2 will be the second metro line in Ningbo. It starts near Ningbo Lishe International Airport and stretches eastwards as underground tunnels. After reaching Youngor Avenue it turns northwards and passes Ningbo Textile City following which the route zigzags into Ningbo Coach Center and then goes eastwards while crosses Ningbo Railway Station, the main railway station of the city. Then the route extends northwards into Jiangbei District and turn eastwards until it reaches Lulin Market, where it turns into viaducts before reaching Zhenhai District. The line will go further into Xiaogang Township in the second phase of construction.[5]

Phase 1 of Line 3[edit]

Line 3 will be the third metro line in Ningbo. It starts in Chenpodu area in Yinzhou District as underground route and go northwards into Yinzhou Central Area via Ningnan South Road and then turn into Songjiang Middle Road and go northeast until it reaches Yongtaiwen Railway and go into Jiangdong District via Zhongxing Road. Finally it crosses Yong River and reach Datong Bridge Station, the terminal of Phase I. The line will be extended further into Luotuo Town, Zhenhai District.[6]

Expansion plans[edit]

Ningbo Rail Transit Plan (2020) en.svg
Years Line Terminals
Length (km) Stations
2015 Line 1 (Phase II) Donghuan South Road
25.4 9
Line 2 (Phase I) Lishe International Airport
28.4 22
2017 Line 2 (Phase II) Qingshuipu
10.0 6
2018 Line 3 (Phase I) Gaotang Bridge
Datong Bridge
16.83 15
2019 Line 4 Cicheng
Dongqian Lake
36.11 25
2020 Line 5 (Phase I) Buzheng
Xingzhuang Road
27.6 22
Line 3 (Phase II) Datong Bridge
Luotuo North
9.0 6

Rolling stock[edit]

Ningbo Subway Line 1 Rollingstock 010071.jpg

CSR Zhuzhou provides 22 trains for Line 1.[7] Some trains are assembled in Ningbo locally.


  1. ^ a b c "轨道交通1号线一期正式开通试运营 个别公交IC卡需开通相应服务" [Metro Line 1 formally cleared to open trial operations; bus IC card needed to ride]. 中国宁波网 [China Ningbo Net (] (in Chinese). May 30, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-31. 
  2. ^ a b (Chinese)宁波市城市快速轨道交通线网规划
  3. ^ (Chinese)《宁波市余慈地区轨道交通线网规划》通过技术会审
  4. ^ (Chinese)宁波轨道交通1号线6月开工 预计2014年通车
  5. ^ (Chinese)2号线一期工程今日动工 环城北路站等七大站点开建
  6. ^ China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group, Environment impact report of Line 3, Ningbo Rail Transit, Wuhan, February, 2014
  7. ^ "CSR Zhuzhou to supply Ningbo metro cars". Railway Gazette International. February 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-14. 

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