Hangzhou Metro

Hangzhou Metro

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Hangzhou Metro (Chinese: 杭州地铁) is a metro system currently under construction to serve the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang and its suburbs. The construction commenced in March 2006, and is expected to complete by October 1, 2012.

When Phase I is opened for service, Hangzhou will become the 14th city in the People's Republic of China to have a rapid transit system. The first line, Line 1 is 48 kilometers in length, with 30 stations. Line 1 has a projected cost of 22.08 billion yuan. Line 1 originates in Xiaoshan Xiang Lake, stretches across downtown Hangzhou after crossing the Qiantang River and it ends inLinping, with a branch line ending in Xiasha, which diverges from the main line at Jiubao. Line 1 connects downtown Hangzhou with suburban area of the city.Kat Jiang, ", Shanghai Post, 2007-03-01 A total of 8 lines with a length of 278 km are planned.

On January 2009, it was announced that MTR Corp would operate and invest in a 22 billion-yuan ($3.2 billion) / 25 year / 49% share joint venture with the Hangzhou government.

History

The planning for a metro system in the city started in the 1990s and was about to start construction works in September 2003, but the State Council suspended construction works due to increasing costs. The state council approved the planning of...
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