Chengdu Metro Line 2 West Extension to open June 8

Chengdu Metro Line 2 West Extension to open June 8 : For the average Chengdu resident it probably was not the most urgent traffic project, but for the moment the west extension of Metro Line 2 to Xipu is the last major change to Chengdu’s public transport infrastructure until the end of 2014 when the east extension of Line 2 adds six stations and runs to Longquan.

The west extension will add six new stations and 8.7 km to Line 2. With the exception of the Xipu station, the area surrounding the extension is currently undergoing a rapid transformation from a suburb with light manufacturing to a residential area with some commercial spots and lots of educational projects.

The official opening of the west extension is scheduled for June 8, the same day as the opening of the Line 1 station of the Global Center, the Ocean Park station. Line 2 operating hours will be expanded slightly to accommodate the longer line length. From the westernmost station, a ride to Chadianzi should take 16 minutes and to Tianfu Squre 35 minutes. The maximum fare (for rides traveling across more than eight stations) will also rise to RMB6.

Yingbin Dadao Station
East of this station is a five-star hotel that is usually off the radar of the general public: the Jinniu Hotel has hosted pretty much every leader and high-ranking official of the People’s Republic, including Mao Zedong, Zhou Enlai, Deng Xiaoping, and more recent leaders like Hu Jintao and Zhang Zemin, as well as foreign presidents and monarchs—Kim Il Sung, Sihanouk and George Bush.

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Source : gochengdoo

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