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Metro 15 to open by Chinese New Year

Metro Line 15 has passed the pre-operational safety assessment and is set to open before the Spring Festival, Shanghai Metro said yesterday.

Linking Zizhu High-Tech Park in the south and Gucun Park in the north, the new line has 30 stations in Minhang, Xuhui, Changning, Putuo and Baoshan districts with eight interchange stations for nine other Metro lines.

Stretching 42 kilometers, the new line is the city’s fourth driverless Metro line and the first with the highest-level driverless system introduced at the beginning of the operation. It’s also the longest Metro line to open at once in China.

The line connects 10 campuses of nine universities, four parks and three state-level technology and innovation parks, with stops at two of the city’s railway stations.

All stations but Guilin Road will be open at first, with Guilin Road expected to open by the end of June.

At Loushanguan Road, an interchange station with Line 2 and Line 15 in the future, passengers will have to interchange to Line 2 by leaving the station at present. The walk between the two stations takes about 10 minutes.

In the carriages of Line 15 trains, passengers can charge their electronic devices. The trains also have green lights above their doors which light up when the doors are open.

Like all other new Metro stations, there are more toilets for women in proportion to the facilities for men.

The construction of Line 15 began in August 2016 with the actual time spent on the construction 41 months, making it the most efficient Metro project yet in Shanghai.

Line 15, colored gold on the map, is one of the most beautiful with wonderful color schemes and interior design.

The main colors of the stations — rock brown, mud orange, beach gold and sea blue — are to remind people of the ancient seashore of the city whose contours parallel to the line.

Thematic interior designs are found at Gucun Park, Changfeng Park and Guilin Park to reflect the different seasons and the landscapes the parks are best known for cherry blossom, waves and Osmanthus blossom, while Zizhu High-Tech Park station represents evergreen winter.


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