Suzhou Rail Transit

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Suzhou Rail Transit (SRT)
Suzhou Rail Transit logo.svg
Overview
Locale Suzhou, China
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2 (in operation), 5 (by 2020)
Number of stations 46
Daily ridership 147,000/day (Nov 2013)[1]
Website http://www.sz-mtr.com/ (Chinese)
Operation
Number of vehicles 47
Technical
System length 52.296 kilometres (32.495 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification (?)
Suzhou Rail Transit
Simplified Chinese 苏州轨道交通
Traditional Chinese 蘇州軌道交通

The Suzhou Rail Transit (SRT) is a metro system serving the city of Suzhou, in Jiangsu province, China. Line 1 began operation on April 28, 2012.[2] Line 2 opened on December 28, 2013. Another five lines are also planned to be completed before 2020. Upon completion, the system will be about 140 kilometers long and have 109 stations.[3][4][5]

Lines[edit]

Line Terminals
(District)
Opened Newest
Extension
Length
km
Stations
Line 1 Mudu
(Wuzhong)
Zhongnan Jie
(Gusu)
2012 25.739 24
Line 2 Suzhou North Railway Station
(Xiangcheng)
Baodaiqiao South
(Wuzhong)
2013 26.557 22
Total 52.296 46

Line 1[edit]

Line 1 opened on April 28, 2012.[2] It is a line running generally east-west, from Mudu Station in western Suzhou to Zhongnan Jie Station in Suzhou Industrial Park.[3][6] It is 25 km long with 24 stations.

Construction on Line 1 began on December 26, 2007 and was completed by 2012. On December 30th, 2011 the first 21 cars for Line 1 have been delivered.[7]

Line 2[edit]

Line 2 opened on December 28, 2013. It is a line running generally north-south, from Suzhou North Railway Station in north Xiangcheng District to Baodaiqiao South Station close to Precious Belt Bridge located in Wuzhong District.

Construction on Line 2 began on December 25, 2009 and was completed by early 2013. On December 28th, 2013, line 2 started service and became a part of Suzhou Rail Transit system.

Times Square exit 1 from Jiuguang Department Store
Times Square station exit 1. Behind the camera is the escalators to Jiuguang Department Store

Lines under construction[edit]

Line Number of stations Terminals Scheduled Opening Construction began/will begin at Planning status
Line 3 31 Suzhouxinquzhan
(Suzhou New District Railway Station)
Weiting
(Weiting)
2015–2016 under construction
Line 4
(main)
30 Sulilu
(Suli Road)
Pangjinlu
(Pangjin Road)
2015–2016 under construction
Line 4
(south west branch)
23 Sulilu
(Suli Road)
Youxianglu
(Youxiang Road)
2015–2016 not yet started
(under construction from Suli Road to Hongzhuang)
subject to change
Shihu Road station under construction
Shihu Road station under construction

Line 3[edit]

File:Subway Line 3 in Suzhou - preparation for construction
Preparation for a construction site between Heshan Road and Huashan Road stations of future Line 3 (main line)

Line 3 is planned to run from Suzhou New District Railway Station in the northwest, via Wuzhong District in south Suzhou to Weiting in the east, with a total of 31 stations.[8] At the planned interchange stations with Line 1 and Line 2 platforms for Line 3 are already prepared.

Line 4[edit]

Line 4 will start in the north of Suzhou, west of Line 2. Its main line will lead from Suli Road to Pangjin Road in the south/south east of Suzhou. After reaching Suzhou railway station, it will almost exactly follow Renmin road and Dongwubei road reaching further south until after a smooth arc to the west it turns sharp east leading towards its planned terminus Pangjin Road in Wujiang District. In this setup, Line 4 will have 30 stations. Construction is in progress, while opening is scheduled for late 2015 or 2016.[3] At the planned interchange stations with Line 1 and Line 2 platforms for Line 4 are already prepared. Recent maps show a branch line of Line 4 (formerly referred to as future Line 8). This branch is supposed to follow the same path as the main line until Hongzhuang, then turning into south western direction leading to Youxiang Road.

Lines under planning[edit]

Line 4[edit]

Plans for line 4 have been revised. Initially planned for a later date, construction of line 4 has been started with the main line now leading from Suli Road in the north to Pangjin Road at Wujiang district (former Wujiang City). The originally planned section leading to the south-west appears in actual maps as "under planning" in shape of a branch line of line 4.

Other Lines[edit]

Besides others, short video spots shown on screens in Suzhou's subway trains where Suzhou Rail Transit company intruduces itself and its plans. These plans contain a line 5 and 6

Planned Layout (2016)[edit]

Planned subway network of Suzhou by 2016.
Planned subway network of Suzhou by 2016

Rolling Stock[edit]

Line 1 train
Line 2 train

All rolling stocks of Suzhou Rail Transit use Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works trains.[9]

Line Manufacturer Number Specifications Note
Line 1 Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works 24 4B Expandable to 6B
Line 2 Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works 23 5B Expandable to 6B

Fares and tickets[edit]

Single Journey Ticket, available at Line 1 stations
Single Journey Ticket, available at Line 2 stations
Ticket vending machines
Flap gates

The base fare of Suzhou Rail Transit is 2 yuan (US$0.33) for journeys under 6 km, then 1 yuan for each 5 km between 6–16 km, 1 yuan for each 7 km between 16–30 km, 1 yuan for 9 km more than 30 km. As December 28, 2013, the highest fare is 7 yuan (US$1.17).

Users of the Suzhou Tong get a 5% discount for every journey.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2013年11月江苏省城市轨道交通运行情况统计表
  2. ^ a b "Suzhou subway starts service". Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c [1] (Website of Suzhou City ( Rail Transit information from 2007))
  4. ^ [2] (Line 2 in the news of March 14th, 2009)
  5. ^ [3] (Suzhou Rail Transit at urbanrail.com)
  6. ^ 苏州交通图,2009年4月第一版,湖南地图出版社 (广告许可证号:3200005950154) / Suzhou traffic map. Edition from April 2009 - 1. edition of year 2009, Publisher: Hunan Map Publishing Office (Publishing-Permission-Number: 3200005950154)
  7. ^ [News of the Operator]
  8. ^ [4] (Website of the subway operator "SZ-Transit" (苏州轨道交通/Suzhou Guidao Jiaotong) (information retrieved on Oct. 16th, 2010))
  9. ^ 2号线首列车明年5月交付 今年力争洞通轨通.搜狐.2012-03-01

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