CHINA: A 5·4 km extension of Shijiazhuang metro Line 3 north from Shierzhong to Xisanzhuang opened on January 20, taking the line to 11·8 km with 10 stations. Construction had begun in August 2016.
CHINA: The first section of Hong Kong MTR’s long-awaited Shatin – Central Link project will open for revenue service on February 14, the operator announced on January 17.
CHINA: The Guangzhou municipal government has approved a 15-year plan to increase public transport’s market share to 80% through the development of a comprehensive urban rail network based on three metro, ‘express metro’ and ‘high speed metro’ networks.
CHINA: A consortium of CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems and Bombardier NUG Signalling Solutions Co has been awarded a 215m yuan contract to upgrade the automated peoplemover at Beijing Capital International Airport.
CHINA: December 28-30 saw the opening of metro and tram extensions in seven Chinese cities, as the country’s urban rail expansion programme continues unabated.
CHINA: The provincial capital of Nei Mongol became the 38th city in mainland China with a metro network when its first line opened for revenue service on December 29.
CHINA: The Chengdu urban rail network was increased by more than 100 km with the simultaneous opening on December 27 of five new metro and tram lines.
CHINA: The final 3·9 km section of the first phase of Shanghai’s Songjiang tram network was opened for revenue service on December 30.
CHINA: The opening of two extensions to the Beijing metro on December 28 has taken the total network length to 699·3 km with 405 stations, including 62 interchanges, overtaking Shanghai to become the world’s largest metro network.
CHINA: The 35·3 km second section of Guangzhou metro Line 21 was opened for revenue service on December 20, taking the total length of the city’s metro network to 513 km.
CHINA: CRRC has rolled out the first trainset for Xiamen metro Line 3.
CHINA: A 4·2 km extension of Qingdao metro Line 2 was opened on December 16, running west from Zhiquanlu to Taishanlu.
CHINA: Guangzhou Metro Group has completed two months of test running on Line 8 with a next-generation metro trainset developed by CRRC Qingdao Sifang.
CHINA: The first light metro line in Macau was inaugurated by Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On on December 10. Travel is free until the end of the month.
CHINA: The second phase of Shenzhen metro Line 9 officially opened at 11.00 on December 8. The latest opening brings the network to 303·4 km.
CHINA: A hydrogen fuel cell tram has started test running on the Gaoming Line in Foshan, ahead of opening of the city’s first tram route later this month.