Detours and blocked off streets have become commonplace in Kunming due to construction on the subway system. It appears Spring City residents can look forward to more of the same for years to come. Today government officials announced plans for eight additional subway lines, Kunming.cn is reporting.
Designs for the newly announced lines have passed a government mandated audit process and been approved. The eight proposed lines more than triple the total length of the planned intracity railway.
The original six lines were projected to stretch 162 kilometers at a projected cost of 35 billion yuan (US$5.6 billion). The 14 track network is now planned to span 562 kilometers. Routes and timetables for completion of the expanded project have not yet been made available to the public.
Kunming's urban rail network opened its first stretch of track earlier this year to coincide with the debut of Kunming Changshui International Airport. Metro Line 1 is expected to open in two separate phases. The first section, running through the city's southern Chenggong New District, is expected to go into operation at the end of this year.
The northern portion of Line 1 will be completed and operational in January 2013, five months ahead of previous forecasts, according to the report. In preparation for the opening, next month Kunming will receive shipment of 20 trains destined for service on Line 1.
Completion of the first six metro lines is slated for 2018. To see an unofficial subway map making the rounds on social media, click here.
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