Line 1, Chongqing Rail Transit
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|Line 1, Chongqing Rail Transit|
|System||Chongqing Rail Transit|
|Daily ridership||574,000 (2014 Peak)|
|Opened||28 July 2011|
|Operator(s)||Chongqing Rail Transit Corp., Ltd|
|Line length||38.9 km (24.2 mi)|
|Operating speed||100 km/h (62 mph)|
Line 1 runs 16.4 km (10.2 mi) from Chaotianmen in downtown Chongqing west to Shapingba, and eventually all the way to Shuangbei for a total length of 22.4 km (13.9 mi). It is the city's first all-heavy rail subway line and the second completed in Western China. Passenger capacity of the line is 36,000 passengers/hour/direction.
In 1992, the Chongqing government had signed a Build-Operate-Transfer in 1992 with a Hong Kong company, and provided the land for the project, but work ceased in 1997 due to legal issues. Work resumed on the first stretch of the line (from Chaotianmen to Shapingba) on 9 June 2007, and opened to limited operation on July 28. An extension from Shapingba to Daxuecheng (University Town) began in 2009 and opened on December 21, 2012.
Line 1 has 14 stations, including from east to west: Chaotianmen, Xiaoshizi, Jiaochangkou, Qixinggang, Lianglukou, Eling, Daping, Shiyoulu, Xietaizi, Shiqiaopu, Gaomiaocun, Majiayan, Xiaolongkan, and Shapingba stations. Lieshimu, Ciqikou, Shijingpo, Shuangbei, Laijiaqiao, Weidianyuan, Chenjiaqiao, Daxuecheng (University Town), and Jiandingpo stations are scheduled to open in 2013 once the Phase 2 extension of Line 1 is complete.[dated info]
Line 1 has transfer interchange stations with Line 6 at Xiaoshizi and Line 2 at Jiaochangkou in Jeifangbei CBD and at Daping. Line 1 will have transfer station when Line 3 opens later in 2011 at Lianglukou, near the Chongqing Railway Station in the Caiyuanba section of central Yuzhong.