New Metro lines marks the start of city’s Metro System

New Metro lines marks the start of city's Metro SystemFirst phase of Metro Line 2 between the Window of the World and Chiwan Shekou opened yesterday, and will operate from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. with trains departing at ten minute intervals. The elevated portion of the Metro line 3 opened as well bringing the total rail length to 90 kilometers.

Line 3 will runs from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at ten minute intervals during rush hours, and 15 minute intervals during off peaks hours. Line 2 extends to 15.5 kilometers servicing 12 stations line 3 starts from Shuanglong station to Caopu station servicing 16 stations and runs 25 kilometers. Commuters riding Line 2 can change to Metro line 1 at the Window of the World station. The two newly open lines marks the start of the city’s Metro network and residents will start to benefit more from the Metro service when 5 additional lines will be added on the eve of the Universiade games in August.

Commuting from Metro line will be convenient and efficient, the city can expect traffic to improve after more Metro lines will be added next year. Passengers taking the Metro line 3 brought them closer to downtown Shenzhen and took less than 40 minutes. Residents rarely goes to downtown Shenzhen due to distance and traffic congestion, now residents can change buses at each checkpoint and go anywhere in Shenzhen in a much shorter time.

Residents where also amazed by the elevated section of the Line 3, since most of the railway is underground and see nothing but dark walls, this time the railway is built higher allowing the commuters to get a bird’s eye view of Longgang District. The only drawback is the fare is a little expensive for residents and workers living in the Longgang district. Tickets cost seven yuan, and cost more if residents wants to visit places like Dongmen and Futian. Residents hopes the government will negotiate discounts on fares so people living in Longgang can benefit from the Metro.

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