Line 6 (Shanghai Metro)

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Line 6
SHM Line 6 icon.svg
North Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone Station.jpg
Other name(s)L4 (planned name)
Pudong light rail (Chinese: 浦东轻轨)
TypeRapid transit / Medium-capacity rail transport system
SystemShanghai Metro
StatusIn operation
LocalePudong, Shanghai
TerminiGangcheng Road
Oriental Sports Center
Daily ridership500,000 (2017 peak)[1]
OpenedDecember 29, 2007
Operator(s)Shanghai No.4 Metro Operation Co. Ltd.
CharacterUnderground and elevated
Line length32.318 km (20.08 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 6

Line 6 is an eastern north-south line of the Shanghai Metro network. The entire line is located in the Pudong New Area. A complete trip between the two end terminals, Gangcheng Road and Oriental Sports Center takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. The line is colored magenta on system maps.

To scale map of Shanghai Metro Line 6

Service routes[edit]


Station name Connections Distance
English Chinese
Gangcheng Road 港城路 0.00 0.00 Pudong
North Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone 外高桥保税区北 1.62 1.62
Hangjin Road 航津路 1.53 3.15
South Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone 外高桥保税区南 1.71 4.86
Zhouhai Road 洲海路 2.03 6.89
Wuzhou Avenue 五洲大道 1.08 7.97
Dongjing Road 东靖路 1.32 9.29
Jufeng Road 巨峰路  12  1.11 10.40
Wulian Road 五莲路 0.96 11.36
Boxing Road 博兴路 0.90 12.26
Jinqiao Road 金桥路 0.81 13.07
Yunshan Road 云山路 1.13 14.20
Deping Road 德平路 1.03 15.23
Beiyangjing Road 北洋泾路 1.34 16.57
Minsheng Road 民生路 0.89 17.46
Yuanshen Stadium 源深体育中心 0.87 18.33
Century Avenue 世纪大道  2   4   9  0.93 19.26
Pudian Road 浦电路 [note 1] 1.07 20.33
Lancun Road 蓝村路  4  0.93 21.26
Shanghai Children's Medical Center 上海儿童医学中心 0.99 22.25
Linyi Xincun 临沂新村 1.34 23.59
West Gaoke Road 高科西路  7  1.11 24.70
Dongming Road 东明路 1.45 26.15
Gaoqing Road 高青路 1.57 27.72
West Huaxia Road 华夏西路 1.40 29.12
Shangnan Road 上南路 0.80 29.92
South Lingyan Road 灵岩南路 1.08 31.00
Oriental Sports Center 东方体育中心  8   11  1.54 32.54
  1. ^ There are two stations named Pudian Road that are about 200 meters apart, one for Line 6 and one for Line 4. Free transfers between the two stations are physically not possible since both are distinct stations located along different parts of Pudian Road. A transfer between the two stations requires users to leave the fare paid area and cross an underground supermarket. This transfer will be counted as two separate journeys requiring two fares.


Segment Commencement Length Station(s) Name
Gangcheng Road — South Lingyan Road 29 December 2007 31.1 km (19.32 mi) 27 (initial phase)
South Lingyan Road — Oriental Sports Center 12 April 2011 1.2 km (0.75 mi) 1 Line 8 & 11 connector project


Line 6 opened on December 29, 2007. The trains, with 4 carriages each, are manufactured by Shanghai Electric and Alstom. Like the Lexington Avenue Subway in New York City, passenger traffic has consistently exceeded the designed capacity of the line since its opening and causes severe strain to the services. The line was built to accommodate light metro narrow-bodied "C size" trains, which is not interchangeable with wide-body "A size" trains on other Shanghai Metro lines. This difference in loading gauge has made it impractical to upgrade the line to higher capacity "A size" trains to relieve demand.

Line 6 was forecasted to carry 105,000 people/day. However within the first few days of operation the line has exceeded 150,000 people/day.[2] Realizing the sheer miscalculation during construction, the municipal government have pledged to add new trains and shorten wait times starting in June 2008. However, Line 6 still suffers severe crowding and delays especially during rush hours.[3] The busiest section of the line is running at 133% capacity.[4] With the opening of Line 12 the Shanghai Metro advises passengers divert to the new line to relieve crowding.[5]


Rolling Stock[edit]

Type Time of manufacturing Series Sets Assembly Notes
Type C 2007–2008 AC12 21 Tc+Mp+Mp+Tc Manufactured by Alstom
Type C 2009–2010 AC14 29 Tc+Mp+Mp+Tc Manufactured by Alstom and CSR Changchun


  1. ^ "Metro breaks records" (in Chinese). Shanghai Daily. 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  2. ^ "客流预测报告做出前内定小型车". Sina. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  3. ^ "轨交拥挤排行榜:"6号线德平路到世纪大道站"最挤". Retrieved 2012-11-22.
  4. ^ "地铁限流知识". 文明地铁(安全地铁)宣传. 上海地铁运管中心. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  5. ^ "12号线、16号线12月29日起载客试运营". 上海地铁运管中心. 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2013-12-28.