Metro museum offers fascinating look into future of subway network
By Ma Yue
SHANGHAI will have 21 subway lines by 2030, including one that will connect Chongming Island to the Pudong New Area, according to a blueprint on show at the new Shanghai Metro Museum.
There are currently 14 Metro lines and one maglev line in operation in the city, which have a combined 567 kilometers of track and 333 stations.
According to the Metro operator, the western section of subway Line 12, the downtown section of Line 13 and third phase of Line 9 are all now under construction.
Preparatory work for lines 14, 15, 17 and 18 is ongoing, all of which will be ready by about 2020. Their opening will extend the city’s subway network to 800 kilometers.
According to the blueprint, Line 19 will start from Rongqiao Road in Pudong, travel under the Yangtze River and onward to Hengsha and Changxing islands, and the Dongtan Resort on Chongming.
Line 20 will run from Xinzhuang station in Minhang District to Gongqing Forest Park, while Line 21 will run from Longwu Road in Xuhui District to Hongkou Football Stadium and provide an interchange to lines 11 and 15.
A new Disney Line will link with Guanglan Road station on line 2 and Zhangjiang Road on Line 13. It should open next year.
The Shanghai Metro Museum is open to individual visitors every Tuesday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
Bookings must be made in advance but admission is free. On Wednesday through Friday, it is open only to pre-organized groups at a cost of 15 yuan (US$2.45) per person.
As well as seeing a host of fascinating exhibits related to the subway network, visitors can watch a 5-D movie for an extra charge of just 10 yuan.