Line 8 (Beijing Subway)
Line 8 train at Zhuxinzhuang
|Other name(s)||M8 (planned name)|
Olympic Branch Line (Chinese: 奥运支线)
|Locale||Dongcheng, Chaoyang, Haidian, and Changping districts|
|Daily ridership||303,100 (2014 Avg.) |
431,000 (2014 Peak)
|Opened||July 19, 2008|
|Operator(s)||Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp., Ltd|
|Character||Underground & Elevated|
|Line length||26.6 km (16.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Electrification||750 V DC third rail|
|Operating speed||80 km/h|
Line 8 of the Beijing Subway (Chinese: 北京地铁8号线; pinyin: běijīng dìtiě bāhàoxiàn), is a rapid transit line in northern Beijing. The line currently has 18 stations in operation and runs 26.6 km (16.5 mi) from Zhuxinzhuang in Changping District to Nanluoguxiang in Dongcheng District. Line 8's color is green.
Line 8 sits on the central north-south axis of the city of Beijing, which is aligned through the Drum Tower, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and Yongdingmen. Line 8 opened on July 19, 2008 as the Olympic Branch Line to serve the Olympic Green, located due north of the city centre, during the 2008 Summer Olympics. The line had only four stations and 4.53 km (2.81 mi) of track. Line 8 was extended by six stations to the north in 2011, by two stations to the south in 2012, and by more three stations to the north and two more to the south on December 28, 2013.
The line is still being expanded along the central axis to the south. Line 8 will veer to the east of the central axis to avoid passing under the Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square, before returning to the central axis alignment at the Qianmen Station. Line 8 is expected to reach Yinghai station in the Daxing District.
- 1 Fare
- 2 Hours of Operation
- 3 Route
- 4 History
- 5 Future expansion
- 6 Rolling Stock
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Starting fare of RMB(¥) 3.00 that increases according to the distance fare scheme introduced in December 2014.
Hours of Operation
The first south-bound train departs from Zhuxinzhuang at 5:10am. The first north-bound train departs from Nanluoguxiang at 5:30am. The last south-bound train leaves Zhuxinzhuang at 10:05pm. The last north-bound train leaves Nanluoguxiang at 11:00pm.
In the north, Line 8 begins at Zhuxinzhuang on the Changping Line and heads east to Huilongguan and then south through the Line 13 arc at Huoying to the Olympic Forest Park. After two stops in the Olympic Green, Line 8 enters the Line 10 loop at Beitucheng and then the Line 2 loop at Guloudajie before reaching Nanluoguxiang on Line 6.
Apart from the Zhuxinzhuang Station and an 1.7 km (1.1 mi) section of elevated track leading therefrom, the entire line runs underground.
|Station Name||Connections||Nearby Bus Stops||Distance
|North section||South section||English||Chinese|
|●||Zhuxinzhuang||朱辛庄||417 463 560 871 880 898 899 专32 专49 专50||0.00||0.00||Changping|
|●||Yuzhilu||育知路||463 560 专80 专102||2.31||2.31|
|●||Pingxifu||平西府||407 428 460 461 996||2.08||4.39|
|●||Huilongguan Dongdajie||回龙观东大街||441 462 478 558 607 681 996 夜38 专21 专42 专52 专78 专101||1.93||6.32|
|●||Huoying||霍营||via HKP)(||371 462 478 551 558 606 607 681 专21 专42 专52||1.13||7.45|
|●||Yuxin||育新||315 355 371 379 393 398 432 462 478 606 607 614 693 运通117 运通119 专89||1.68||9.13||Haidian|
|●||Xixiaokou||西小口||379 专79 专89||1.59||10.72|
|●||Yongtaizhuang||永泰庄||81 379 476 490 专43 专89||1.06||11.78|
|●||Lincuiqiao||林萃桥||81 379 510 专44||2.46||14.24||Chaoyang|
|●||South Gate of Forest Park||森林公园南门||2.71||16.95|
|●||Olympic Green||奥林匹克公园||311 379 484 594 695 751 运通110 专40||1.01||17.96|
|●||Olympic Sports Center||奥体中心||607||1.65||19.61|
|●||Beitucheng||北土城||5 21 81 82 92 113 380 409 515 607 620 653 694 特2 夜6 夜9 专8||0.97||20.58|
|●||Anhuaqiao||安华桥||5 21 82 113 300 300快 302 328 361 380 387 409 601 607 671 847 944 特2 特8 夜6 夜30 运通101 运通104 运通201||0.99||21.57||Chaoyang/Xicheng[a]|
|●||Andelibeijie||安德里北街||60 82 380 409 特2 夜36 专7||1.23||22.8||Dongcheng|
|●||Guloudajie||鼓楼大街||27 44 60 82 380 409 特12 夜20 夜36||1.09||23.89||Dongcheng/Xicheng[b]|
|●||Shichahai||什刹海||5 60 82 107 124 635 观光3 夜2 夜10||1.13||25.02||Dongcheng|
|●||Nanluoguxiang||南锣鼓巷||3 13 42 60 82 115 118 612 701 夜3 夜21||1.03||26.05|
|National Art Museum||中国美术馆|
Line 8 has been planned and built in several phases.
|South Gate of Forest Park — Beitucheng||19 July 2008||3.583 km (2.23 mi)||3||Phase 1 (Olympic Branch line)|
|Olympic Sports Center||10 October 2008||Infill station||1|
|Huilongguan Dongdajie — South Gate of Forest Park||31 December 2011||10.700 km (6.65 mi)||6||Phase 2 (northern section)|
|Beitucheng — Guloudajie||30 December 2012||3.375 km (2.10 mi)||2||Phase 2 (1st southern section)|
|Guloudajie — Nanluoguxiang||28 December 2013||2.090 km (1.30 mi)||2||Phase 2 (2nd southern section)|
|Zhuxinzhuang — Huilongguan Dongdajie||6.359 km (3.95 mi)||3||Changping & Line 8 connector project|
|Andelibeijie||26 December 2015||Infill station||1|
Phase I (Olympic Branch Line)
Line 8 was planned as the subway line that follows Beijing's central north-south axis. The first section of Line 8 to be built was the four-station segment from Beitucheng to South Gate of Forest Park, 4.35 km (2.70 mi) in length, that serves the Olympic Green. This section was included in Beijing's bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics, which was awarded to the city in 2001. Originally, Beijing's subway planners also considered building a subway extension line off of Line 13 or Line 5 to serve the Olympic Green but ultimately chose to build Line 8 as a branch off of Line 10. Construction began in 2004. With other Olympic venues also under construction, Phase I of Line 8 was built using the cut-and-cover method to reduce the difficulty of construction. The Olympic Branch Line, as Line 8 Phase I was known, entered into operation together with Line 10 on July 19, 2008. Access was originally restricted to riders with an Olympic Register Card or a ticket to an event at the Olympic Games or Paralympic Games on the day of the event. In early October 2008, the line was fully opened to the public.
On December 8, 2007, while Phase I of Line 8 was still under construction, work began on Phase II to extend Line 8 in both directions along the city's north-south central axis. In Phase II was estimated to cost ¥10.1 billion and was scheduled to be completed by 2012.
Northern extension to Huilongguan Dongdajie
The northern extension to Huilongguan Dongdajie station, 10.7 km (6.6 mi) in length with six stations, extended Line 8 from the South Gate of Forest Park station to Huilongguan Dongdajie station in Changping District beyond the Line 13 arc. Land clearing for Phase II began in December 2007. Tunnel boring machines began work on October 16, 2009. In the fall of 2011, the entire Line 8 shut down and the entire line including the Phase II northern extension reopened on December 31, 2011.
The Lincuiqiao Station, just west of the Olympic Forest Park, was originally planned as an emergency stop, but was added at the behest of nearby residents and their municipal people's congress representative, Tian Yuan, who argued that the 5.1 km (3.2 mi) gap between South Gate of Forest Park Station and Yongtaizhuang Station made subway access inconvenient for residents along Lincui Road. Lincuiqiao was officially added as a station to Phase II plans in December 2008.
Southern extension to Guloudajie
The southern extension to Guloudajie, 3.28 km (2.04 mi) in length, opened on December 30, 2012. Travel time from Huilongguan to the Second Ring Road was reduced by a half-hour. Daily ridership reached 203,000 in March 2013.
Phase II sections opened at the end of 2013
Changping-Line 8 Connector
The Changping-Line 8 Connector, also known as the Changba Connector Line (昌八联络线) or Changba Connector, is a 6.3-kilometre-long (3.9 mi) extension of Line 8 from Huilongguan Dongdajie to Zhuxinzhuang on the Changping Line. The Changba Connector contains three stations: Pingxifu, Yuzhilu and Zhuxinzhuang. And it forms the northern-most section of Line 8. The Changba Connector was designed to alleviate passenger traffic on Line 13 by allowing Changping Line riders heading to destinations in eastern Beijing to switch to Line 8 at Zhuxingzhuang instead of transferring to Line 13 at Xi'erqi. The connector was built from April 2011 to September 2013 and entered operation at the end of 2013.
Southern extension to Nanluoguxiang
|Nanluoguxiang — National Art Museum||December 2018 (Planned)||? km||1||Phase 2 (3rd southern extension)|
|Zhushikou — Yinghai||December 2018 (Planned)||16.4 km (10.19 mi)||13||Phase 3 (southern section) & Phase 4|
|National Art Museum — Zhushikou||2021 (Planned)||4.1 km (2.55 mi)||3||Phase 3 (northern section)|
Phase II southern extension to National Art Museum
Phase III & IV
In Phase III & IV, Line 8 will be extended further south from the National Art Museum station through Qianmen and Yongdingmen to beyond the southern 5th Ring Road. Planning began in 2009. Plans of Line 8 in Phase III & IV showed 16 stations for 21.0 km (13.0 mi). Phase III was scheduled to be built by 2015 but the commencement of construction was not set to begin until October 2013.
During the Olympics Line 8 borrowed DKZ15 trains from Line 10; after the opening of the first sections of Phase II new CSR Sifang Locomotive SFM12 trains dedicated to Line 8 were rolled out.
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