Suzhou Rail Transit

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Suzhou Metro
Suzhou Rail Transit logo.svg
Overview
Locale Suzhou, China
Transit type Rapid transit
Number of lines 2 (in operation), 5 (by 2020)
Number of stations 59
Daily ridership 373,000 (2015 Avg.)[1]
638,800 (2014 Peak)
Website http://www.sz-mtr.com/ (Chinese)
Operation
Number of vehicles 47
Technical
System length 66.139 kilometres (41.097 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification (?)
Suzhou Rail Transit
Traditional Chinese 蘇州軌道交通
Simplified Chinese 苏州轨道交通
Current system map

The Suzhou Rail Transit also known as Suzhou Metro is a metro system serving the city of Suzhou, in Jiangsu province, China. Line 1 began operation on April 28, 2012.[2] Line 2 opened on December 28, 2013. Another five lines are also planned to be completed before 2020. Upon completion, the system will be about 140 kilometers long and have 109 stations.[3][4][5] Further plans to extend Line 3 to neighbouring Kunshan city and to connect system with the Shanghai Metro are under active review.[6][7]

Lines[edit]

Line Terminals
(District)
Opened Newest
Extension
Length
km
Stations
 1  Mudu
(Wuzhong)
Zhongnan Jie
(Gusu)
2012 25.739 24
 2  Qihe
(Xiangcheng)
Sangtian Dao
(Gusu)
2013 2016 40.4 35
Total 66.139 59

Line 1[edit]

Line 1 opened on April 28, 2012.[2] It is a line running generally east-west, from Mudu Station in western Suzhou to Zhongnan Jie Station in Suzhou Industrial Park.[3][8] It is 25 km long with 24 stations.

Construction on Line 1 began on December 26, 2007 and was completed by 2012. On December 30th, 2011 the first 21 cars for Line 1 have been delivered.[9]

Line 2[edit]

Line 2 opened on December 28, 2013. It is a line running generally north-south, from Suzhou North Railway Station in north Xiangcheng District to Baodaiqiao South Station close to Precious Belt Bridge located in Wuzhong District.

Construction on Line 2 began on December 25, 2009 and was completed by early 2013. On December 28th, 2013, line 2 started service and became a part of Suzhou Rail Transit system. The new 13 stations were opened on September 24, 2016.

Lines under construction[edit]

Line Number of stations Line Length Terminals Scheduled Opening Construction began
  Line 4

(main)
30 41.1 Sulilu
(Suli Road)
Pangjinlu
(Pangjin Road)
2017 2012
  Line 4

(south west branch)
7 11.1 Longchanglu
(Longchang Road)
Hongzhuang 2017 2012
  Line 3
31 45.2 Suzhouxinquzhan
(Suzhou New District Railway Station)
Weiting
(Weiting)
2019 Late 2014

Line 3[edit]

Line 3 is planned to run from Suzhou New District Railway Station in the northwest, via Wuzhong District in south Suzhou to Weiting in the east, with a total of 31 stations.[10] At the planned interchange stations with Line 1 and Line 2 platforms for Line 3 are already prepared.

Line 4[edit]

Line 4 will start in the north of Suzhou, west of Line 2. Its main line will lead from Suli Road to Pangjin Road in the south/south east of Suzhou. After reaching Suzhou railway station, it will almost exactly follow Renmin road and Dongwubei road reaching further south until after a smooth arc to the west it turns sharp east leading towards its planned terminus Pangjin Road in Wujiang District. In this setup, Line 4 will have 30 stations. Construction is in progress, while opening is scheduled for late 2016.[3] At the planned interchange stations with Line 1 and Line 2 platforms for Line 4 are already prepared. The Southwest Branch of Line 4 is the first phase of the future Line 7. This branch is supposed to follow the same path as the main line until Hongzhuang, then turning into south western direction leading to Youxiang Road.

Lines under planning[edit]

Line 4[edit]

Plans for line 4 have been revised. Initially planned for a later date, construction of line 4 has been started with the main line now leading from Suli Road in the north to Pangjin Road at Wujiang district (former Wujiang City). The originally planned section leading to the south-west appears in actual maps as "under planning" in shape of a branch line of line 4.

Other Lines[edit]

Besides others, short video spots shown on screens in Suzhou's subway trains where Suzhou Rail Transit company introduces itself and its plans. These plans contain a line 5 and 6

Rolling Stock[edit]

All rolling stocks of Suzhou Rail Transit use Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works trains.[11]

Line Manufacturer Number Specifications Note
Line 1 Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works 24 4B Expandable to 6B
Line 2 Nanjing Puzhen Rolling Stock Works 23 5B Expandable to 6B

Fares and tickets[edit]

The base fare of Suzhou Rail Transit is 2 yuan (US$0.33) for journeys under 6 km, then 1 yuan for each 5 km between 6–16 km, 1 yuan for each 7 km between 16–30 km, 1 yuan for 9 km more than 30 km. As September 24, 2016, the highest fare is 8 yuan (US$1.33).

Users of the Suzhou Tong get a 5% discount for every journey.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "12月我省城市及城际轨道交通运行情况统计表" (in Chinese). Jiangsu Province Development and Reform Commission. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 2014-01-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Suzhou subway starts service". Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c [1] (Website of Suzhou City ( Rail Transit information from 2007))
  4. ^ [2] (Line 2 in the news of March 14th, 2009)
  5. ^ [3] (Suzhou Rail Transit at urbanrail.com)
  6. ^ 无锡苏州也将轨交通沪? 目前有规划但尚无时间表. Eastday (in Chinese). 18 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "上海11号线、17号线有望接轨苏州S1线、4号线". sh.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-08-26. 
  8. ^ 苏州交通图,2009年4月第一版,湖南地图出版社 (广告许可证号:3200005950154) / Suzhou traffic map. Edition from April 2009 - 1. edition of year 2009, Publisher: Hunan Map Publishing Office (Publishing-Permission-Number: 3200005950154)
  9. ^ [News of the Operator]
  10. ^ [4] (Website of the subway operator "SZ-Transit" (苏州轨道交通/Suzhou Guidao Jiaotong) (information retrieved on Oct. 16th, 2010))
  11. ^ 2号线首列车明年5月交付 今年力争洞通轨通.搜狐.2012-03-01

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