On September 10, 2017, Metro Line 10, dubbed the "Chengdu airport express," began operation, and by the end of 2017, the first loop of the Chengdu Metro, Line 7, will also begin service. Chengdu's railed transport is developing at a jaw-dropping pace, so why don't we go over the important transport plans that have been missed?
2018-2020 Chengdu to Open Line 14
The Urban Railed Transports Construction Plan during the "13th Five Year Plan" stipulates that Chengdu will accelerate constructions of its Metro including the third phase of Line 1, phases two and three of Line 3, phases one and two of Line 6, phases one and two of Line 6, Line 7 as a shole, and phase one of Line 18. Efforts will be made to ensure projects under construction proceed smoothly as scheduled and to ascertain that all are operational by 2020. Other aforementioned lines, five others, including Line 6 and Line 8, will also break ground after December 2016.
Before the end of 2020, in addition to the five operating lines, Chengdu will welcome 14 new subways.
Following Chengdu Urban Rapid Railed Transport Network Planning, the city will strive to expedite the review and approval of the 283 km of newly added lines so that all can begin construction before 2020. The 283 km involves 15 subway lines and will focus on connections between downtown Chengdu and regions such as Jintang, Jianyang and Tianfu International Airport, as well as the linkages between Tianfu International Airport and Wenjiang, Pidu District, Longquan and Xinjin. Less accessible sectors within the railed transport network of the "two cores" will also be a priority.
The Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan and Chengdu-Chongqing Passenger Express Lines to Adopt Public Transport Model
Other than railed transportation network within Chengdu, connections between satellite cities around Chengdu and other cities have also received generous "gifts" as regional railed transports will adopt the public transport operation model.
The Plan stipulates that by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan, the public transport operation model will be adopted for five state-run railroad lines: Chengdu-Dujiangyan (Pengzhou) Rail, Chengdu-Pujiang Rail, Chengdu-Chongqing Passenger Express, northern segment of Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Passenger Express, and southern segment of Chengdu-Mianyang-Leshan Passenger Express. Steps will be taken to assimilate with the "Easter advancement, southern expansion, western control, northern renovation, central optimization" development plan and accelerate the construction of inter-city regional railways to support urban development arrangements.
Less Waiting Time for Railed Transports
Insofar as safety is ensured, departure intervals for Metro Lines 1, 2, 3, 4 and 10 will continue to be shortened.
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Construction will speed up for the two model lines of IT Avenue Modern Tram and Xinjin Modern Tram R1 as well as the model lines in operation such as Dujiangyan Wanda Modern Tram, Xindu District Modern Tram, and Tianfu New Area Modern Tram.
Mid-Low Speed Maglev to Enter Chengdu!
Chengdu will utilize optimal resources at Southwest Jiaotong University, CRRC Corporation, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Construction Corp., China Railway No.2 Group, and China Railway No.8 Group, to foster transport gateways and hubs such as Tianfu International Airport. The city is also speeding up research on the application of cutting-edge urban transport methods such as mid-low speed maglev. Construction of model mid-low speed maglev is set to begin as soon as possible.
Seamless Boarding and Transfer Connections
Using its railed transport stations as core points, Chengdu has set up transit facilities such as public bicycles, public bus stops, and temporary taxi spots to realize seamless connection between different modes of public transport.