Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System

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APM line
Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center Station Platform.JPG
Type People mover
System Guangzhou Metro
Status Operational
Locale Guangzhou, China
Termini Canton Tower
Stations 9
Services 1
Opened 8 November 2010
Owner City of Guangzhou
Operator(s) Guangzhou Metro Corporation
Character Underground
Line length 3.9 km (2.42 mi)
Number of tracks 2
Electrification Third rails, 650 V AC
Route map
Guangzhou Metro APM
 3  to Airport South
Linhexi  3 
 3  to Tianhe Coach Terminal
Tianhe Sports
Center South
Huangpu Dadao
Guangzhou Women and
Children's Medical Center
Huacheng Dadao
Guangzhou Opera House
Pearl River
Pearl River
Canton Tower  3 
Canton Tower
Stabling Yard
 3  to Panyu Square

Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System (Chinese: 珠江新城旅客自动输送系统; pinyin: Zhūjiāng Xīnchéng Lǚkè Zìdòng Shūsòng Xìtǒng), or APM line, is an automated people mover (APM) system mainly serving the Zhujiang New Town area in Guangzhou, the new CBD of the city. It is an underground and automatic operating system. In terms of construction cost per kilometre, it is the most expensive people mover system in the world, yet it is the shortest and least used line in the Guangzhou Metro network. The whole line began service before the Asian Games on 8 November 2010 with the exception of Haixinsha and Canton Tower. This was due to the two stations being located close to the opening and closing ceremony venue.

Opening timeline[edit]

Segment Date opened Length
Canton Tower — Linhexi 8 November 2010 4.0 km (2.49 mi)
Haixinsha 24 February 2011 Infill station

Lengths and stations[edit]

The entire track of the Zhujiang New Town APM, with a length of 3.49km and all nine stations are laid underground,[1] making it the first all underground urban people mover in the world. The shortest distance between two stations is 315 metres with an average of the entire line approximating 473 metres.


Station name Connections Distance
English Chinese
APM 01 Canton Tower 广州塔  3  Guangzhou Trams  THZ1  0.00 0.00 Haizhu
APM 02 Haixinsha 海心沙 0.69 0.69 Tianhe
APM 03 Guangzhou Opera House 大剧院 0.47 1.16
APM 04 Huacheng Dadao 花城大道 0.39 1.55
APM 05 Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center 妇儿中心 0.38 1.93
APM 06 Huangpu Dadao 黄埔大道 0.49 2.42
APM 07 Tianhenan 天河南 0.51 2.93
APM 08 Tianhe Sports Center South 体育中心南 0.32 3.25
APM 09 Linhexi 林和西  3  0.65 3.90

Operating hours[edit]

The system was designed to provide service from 6:00 to 24:00 every day, and may run extra hours on special occasions, such as weekends, holidays or when major events are being held. But due to the low demand, trains operated from 8:00 to 20:00 when the line first opened. The service hours have since been gradually extended and from 4 October 2014 trains have been operating between 7:00 and 23:30.

Rolling stock[edit]

The APM uses 14 Bombardier Transportation's APM 100 cars built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2]