Seoul Light Rapid Transit

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The capital city of Seoul in South Korea plans to build up to seven new light metro, or light rapid transit (LRT) lines by 2017.[1] They would be connected to the Seoul Metropolitan Subway giving access to several hundred subway stations. As opposed to traditional subway lines, LRT lines have a lower capacity and speed and generally run above ground.

EverLine[edit]

EverLine is a single-car light metro line[2][Note 1] that branches off the southern side of the Bundang Line and runs east into Yongin ending at the theme park Everland.[3] Construction finished in 2009 and the line opened in 2013.

Ui LRT[edit]

By December 2016, Seoul City plans to open a 11.4 km (7.1 mi) light subway line (Ui LRT) from Ui-dong to Sinseol-dong in northeastern Seoul. The line is expected to carry 110,000 passengers a day and will have 13 stations. It will connect to Line 4 at Sungshin Women's University, Line 6 at Bomun and Line 1 & 2 at Sinseol Dong.[4]

U Line[edit]

Uijeongbu City in Gyeonggi-do has built a 15-station light rail line, the U Line,[5] connecting various parts of Uijeongbu with Seoul Subway Line 1 at Hoeryong Station. Despite the physical link, no free transfers exist between the two systems and as such it is not included on most subway maps in Seoul. It opened July 1, 2012.

Yeongjong Island[edit]

Although still in the early stages, there are plans to build up to seven LRT lines on Yeongjong Island as part of the IFEZ development program.[6]

Sillimseon LRT[edit]

Sillimseon LRT (신림선 경전철) is a planned 11 station 7.8 km line from Saetgang Station to the future Seoul National University Station. Customers will be able to transfer to Seoul Subway Lines 1, 2, 7, and 9. Construction is scheduled to begin at the start of 2017 ending in 2021.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This line operates in a manner consistent with a people mover system.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shin, Tom (September 2007). "Light Rail Transit Projects in Korea: Case Study of Two International Projects". Lee & Ko (World Services Group). Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Guest Post: Trying out South Korea’s new Light Metro line". transportblog.co.nz. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ Future Railroad DataBase (in Korean). Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Seoul metro gov't Archived March 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Uijeongbu Light Rail Transit, South Korea". Railway-technology.com. Retrieved 2014-02-22. 
  6. ^ IFEZ page[dead link]