Line 5 (Shanghai Metro)

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Line 5
SHM Line 5 icon.svg
Other name(s)R1a (planned name)
Xinmin line (Chinese: 莘闵线)
Xinmin light rail (Chinese: 莘闵轻轨)
TypeRapid transit / Medium-capacity rail transport system
SystemShanghai Metro
StatusReserved southern extension to Pingzhuang Highway
LocaleMinhang and Fengxian districts
Minhang Development Zone / Fengxian Xincheng
Daily ridership221,000 (2019 peak)[1]
OpenedNovember 25, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-11-25)
Operator(s)Shanghai No.1 Metro Operation Co. Ltd.
CharacterElevated & Underground
Line length32.7 km (20.32 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
ElectrificationOverhead lines (1500 volts)
Operating speed80 km/h (50 mph)
Route map
Line 5

Line 5 is a southern line of the Shanghai Metro network. It was opened on November 25, 2003 and despite its name was the fourth line to open. It is a light metro line. Alongside Line 6 it is often erroneously referred to as a 'light rail' line. The line connects the southernmost station of Line 1, Xinzhuang with the Minhang Development Zone in Minhang and Fengxian Xincheng in Fengxian, both in the suburbs of Shanghai. The line is colored violet on system maps.

To scale map of Shanghai Metro Line 5 after the southern extension enters operation


Line 5 was built following Minhang District's own decision, and is the only line in Shanghai Metro system that was built only under a county-grade government's consensus.[2]

In 1998, the Minhang District Government signed a contract with Shanghai Jiushi Group.[3] In 2000, Jiushi signed a contract between Alstom to buy trains[3] and started its construction.[4] In 2002, Shanghai Modern Rail Transit Incorporation, a subsidiary of former Shanghai Ba-Shi (Group) [zh], starts its management of the line. On November 25, 2003, the line started its operation.[5]

It started using Shanghai Metro's IC ticket system in 2005, which enabled Xinzhuang Station's in-station transferring; in the meantime, the line's management was taken over by Shanghai Metro No.1 Operation Company.[6]

The branch line from the north side of Dongchuan Road goes straight at Humin Highway, and crosses the Huangpu River by Minpu 2nd Bridge to Fengxian District. It is the 1st metro service which goes through the Huangpu River by a bridge. The section which stretches from Dongchuan Road to Fengxian Xincheng began construction on July 30, 2014.[7] The total length of the extension is 19.505 kilometers, with 7.74 kilometers running underground.[8] The stops along the underground portion of this extension become the first underground stations on Line 5 when the extension entered operation in December 2018.


Station name Connections Distance
English Chinese
Xinzhuang 莘庄  1   Jinshan  Xinzhuang railway station (Shanghai) XZH 0.00 0.00 Minhang
Chunshen Road 春申路 1.58 1.58
Yindu Road 银都路 1.08 2.66
Zhuanqiao 颛桥 2.70 5.36
Beiqiao 北桥 2.55 7.91
Jianchuan Road 剑川路 2.17 10.08
Dongchuan Road 东川路 0.97 11.05
Jinping Road 金平路 1.47 12.52
Huaning Road 华宁路 1.48 14.00
Wenjing Road 文井路 1.45 15.45
Minhang Development Zone 闵行开发区 1.10 16.55
Jiangchuan Road 江川路 1.50 18.05 Minhang
Xidu 西渡 2.04 20.09 Fengxian
Xiaotang 萧塘 2.69 22.78
Fengpu Avenue 奉浦大道 2.99 25.77
Huanchengdong Road 环城东路 2.28 28.05
Wangyuan Road 望园路 1.85 29.90
Jinhai Lake 金海湖 1.35 31.25
Fengxian Xincheng 奉贤新城 1.48 32.73
Pingzhuang Highway[note 1] 平庄公路 3.06 35.79

Note: Partial service between Xinzhuang and Jinping Road began on August 20, 2018 and ended on October 19, 2018. Separate service that split at Dongchuan Road, which appear as Xinzhuang - Dongchuan Road and Dongchuan Road - Minhang Development Zone began on October 20, 2018 and ended on December 29, 2018, due to the transformation of signal system of Dongchuan Road - Minhang Development Zone section and current 05C01 trains. Since December 30, 2018, Line 5 has two services routes as Xinzhuang - Fengxian Xincheng and Dongchuan Road - Minhang Development Zone. Passengers from the Minhang Development Zone branch line need to transfer at Dongchuan Road to continue journeys northbound, like Guanglan Road transfer on Line 2.[10]

Future expansion[edit]

The 2nd phase may continue south to Haiwan town.


Segment Commencement Length Station(s) Name
Xinzhuang — Minhang Development Zone 25 November 2003 16.61 km (10.32 mi) 11 (initial phase)
Dongchuan Road — Fengxian Xincheng 30 December 2018 16.1 km (10.00 mi) 8 Southern Extension

Rolling Stock[edit]

Type Time of manufacturing Series Sets Assembly Notes
Type C 2002–2004 05C01 17 Tc+Mp+Mp+Tc (note that the passage between the carriages are sealed) Manufactured by Alstom and Shanghai Electric

(Run from Minhang Development Zone to Dongchuan Road)

Type C 2017–2018 05C02 33 Tc+Mp+M+M+Mp+Tc Manufactured by CNR Changchun

(Run from Xinzhuang to Fengxian Xincheng)


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  2. ^ Chen Yixin (陈依新) (2003). 上海轨道交通投资建设运营监管四分开体制之探索. 城市公共交通 [Urban Public Transport]. 1. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
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  4. ^ 轨道交通5号线莘闵线工程. 上海市城乡建设和管理委员会 [Shanghai Urban Construction and Administration Committee]. Archived from the original on 2015-04-26.
  5. ^ 轻轨莘闵线今正午首发 与1号线换乘暂不能一票通. 2003-11-25. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  6. ^ 上海市轨道交通四条线实现“一票换乘”. 2005-12-26. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  7. ^ 上海轨道交通5号线南延伸段6月底开工 (in Chinese). 隧道网. 2014-06-20. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
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  9. ^ "配合延伸段建设 10月20日起5号线调整运行交路 六编组列车首次投运 东川路站双向换乘".
  10. ^ 配合建设改造5号线调整运营方案. Shanghai Metro.


  1. ^ Pingzhuang Highway is a reserved station, it didn't open with the rest of the southern extension.