Shanghai residents are expected to be able to take Metro Line 11 to reach Kunshan City in neighboring Jiangsu Province from Wednesday, the Kunshan Transport Management Office said yesterday.
A stretch of almost 6 kilometers on the Huaqiao section connects Anting Station at the northwest end of Line 11 to Huaqiao Town in Kunshan. It features three elevated stations — Zhaofeng Road, Guangming Road and Huaqiao Station.
Metro operator the Shanghai Shentong Group says the Huaqiao section has been passed for use by safety experts.
It is now awaiting final government approval.
Kunshan traffic authorities are adding six bus routes to connect the new Line 11 stations to transport junctions and tourist spots in Jiangsu.
Trial runs were conducted on routes yesterday.
Among them are the No. 151 service connecting Huaqiao Station and Nangang Bus Station; and the No. 152 and No. 153 linking Guangming Road Station to Penglang depot and Hefeng depot.
Tour bus No. 7 will take passengers from Huaqiao Station to Zhouzhuang watertown and Jinxi ancient town.
More bus routes will be added around the three new stations along the Line 11 Huaqiao section depending on the passenger flow when it goes into operation.
Line 11 is the longest line in the city subway network.
Its 65 kilometers of track already in operation connects northern Jiading District to the Pudong New Area.