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China's 1st trans-provincial subway opens, linking Shanghai to Jiangsu

METRO service between Kunshan city in neighboring Jiangsu Province and Shanghai's downtown opened this morning as a new stretch of Metro Line 11 was put into service.

It would be a 60-minute trip from the Huaqiao Station in Kunshan to Shanghai's downtown Jiangsu Road Station, while it would take about 70 minutes to reach the station at the Xujiahui business hub. The fare would be 7 yuan (US$1.15) for a one-way trip.

It would mainly benefit the increasing number of people who live in Kunshan and need to travel daily to downtown Shanghai for work.

"It saves me more than 20 yuan every day," Ma Xiaoya, a resident of Kunshan who works in Shanghai, reportedly told Xinhua news agency.

Before the extension, Ma had to take a train from Kunshan to Shanghai and then take the subway to arrive at her workplace.

Cheering crowds of riders were seen gathering on the platform to welcome the trains.

It is China's first-ever provincial Metro Link.

The six-kilometer extension of Shanghai Metro Line 11 was built with a cost of 1.85 billion yuan.

The extension linking the two cities features three elevated stations: Zhaofeng Road Station, Guangming Road Station and Huaqiao Station in Kunshan. With the extension, the length of Metro Line 11 grew to 72 km, making it the longest subway line in Shanghai.

The cities of Suzhou and Wuxi, both in Jiangsu Province, are also planning to construct light rail lines linking the cities to Shanghai's subway system.


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