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Old July 26th, 2016, 09:28 PM   #3661
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Following the foot steps of Beijing, Shanghai is building a new "Medium Capacity Transit" line along Shanghai's east-west axis. The medium capacity transit is essentially a trolley BRT, but Shanghai does not want to call it a BRT, but instead created this new terminology "medium capacity transit".

The construction of "medium capacity transit" (trolley BRT) had officially started on June 25. The whole project involves construction of 17.5 km of dedicated BRT style bus lanes along Yan-an Road and western extension of Yan-an Road Hu-Qing-Ping Highway, 13~14 km of new overhead, new substations that supply 750V DC power, and a temporary trolley garage.

Here is a bit of history of Yan-an Road. This is the busiest east-west thorough-fare of Shanghai, the eastern portion of today's Yan-an Road was constructed by filling up a stinky gully in 1914~1915. The stinky gully was a open sewage effluent that discharged directly into River Huangpu. When the road was constructed, it became the boundary street between the International Settlement (English and American Concession) and French Concession, and the name of this new road was Avenue Edward VII. The middle stretches and western stretches of today's Yan-an Road have two different names respectively.

The whole street was renamed as Yan-an Road in 1949 (Yan-an West Road, Yan-an Central Road, Yan-an East Road respectively). Yan-an (延安) is in northern Shaanxi Province, at the southern edge of Gobi Dessert. Yan-an was the "holy site" of "proletariat revolution", and till this day, Yan-an Road is still a very popular street name in many cities across China, Shanghai's next door neighbor Hangzhou also has a Yan-an Road, and it is a busy commercial street.

Even though Shanghai's electric transit can be dated back to 1908 when first tram line was built, and Shanghai has the oldest trolley-bus system in the world, Shanghai's planner and transportation engineering department seem to be deliberately avoid building electric transit on Yan-an Road, the only exception was from 1990 to 1996 when Tunnel Bus Line 5 was running, but in a much larger time span, Yan-an Road never saw trams, trolley-buses, or even today's modern subways, the transit services have always been straight buses.

Leaving downtown Shanghai, Yan-an Road eventually becomes Hu-Qing-Ping Highway (沪青平公路), Hu-Qing-Ping are three characters that represent the first characters of three places, Hu is the alias and abbreviation of Shanghai, Qing is the suburban District of Qingpu (青浦) (used to be Qingpu County), and Ping is Pingwang (平望), a place in neighboring Zhejiang Province. Hu-Qing-Ping Highway is also part of the 5476km Trans-China Highway known as National Hwy 318 that starts in Shanghai and finishes in Tibet.
To alleviate the severe traffic congestion on Yan-an Road, via-ducts were built on Yan-an Road in the late 1990's, and this new via-ducts system became known as today's east-west crosstown via-duct.

So the new "medium capacity transit" line will be mainly running underneath this crosstown via-duct system. The new route will begin at the Bund, the waterfront area, traveling west along Yan'an Road to Hu-Qing-Ping Highway, and terminate at Hu-Qing-Ping Highway/Shenkun Road (沪青平公路/申昆路).

Hu-Qing-Ping Highway/Shenkun Road terminus is actually already very close to Hongqiao Airport Terminal 2 and Hongqiao High Speed Railway Station, therefore some questioned why the service is not going into the airport or the high speed railway station, the answer according the designing committee was ridership would be monitored to determine whether or not to extend it to Hongqiao Hub (airport and HSR). The project is expected to finish in January, 2017.
There will be 25 stations (including terminal stations) along the route, the stations will be either central island platform loading or staggered platform loading. Overhead coverage will begin at Hu-Qing-Ping Highway/Wubao Road (沪青平公路/吴宝路), and terminate at the North-South Via-duct. I asked my friend Song Wenchao why overhead cannot be stretched all the way to the Bund, he responded by saying the clearance at the intersection where East-west Via-duct meets the North-south Via-duct is insufficient to suspend overhead, so trolleys will have to operate off wire from North-south Via-duct to the Bund.

The short term plan for the bus fleet will consist 40 18-m left loading articulated trolleys, and 28 12-m left loading trolleys, the long term plan will see the fleet expand to 50 and 36 respectively. These buses will not be in the sense of conventional trolley-buses, not even like Shanghai's current trolley fleet, the Young-MAN "rechargeable electric buses". Even the new buses still resemble a trolley, overhead power is only for recharging the lithium ion batteries, the electric motor is driven by the batteries.
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Old July 26th, 2016, 09:48 PM   #3662
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Last week tender manufacturers have brought their prototype buses to Shanghai to bid for the bus fleet contract for "Medium Capacity Transit"

Young-MAN JNP6183BEVW, Viseon design is already applied on Beijing BRT3, Shanghai's design will see doors on the left.









Young-MAN 12 meter JNP6123BEVW



Sunwin SWB6188EV90 is also a tender model







Yutong ZK6180BEVG1 and ZK6125BEVG1, the artic has a quite eye catching Shanghai skyline livery





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Old July 26th, 2016, 11:14 PM   #3663
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IIRC line 14 was originally planned to run directly below Yan'an Lu between Jing'an Si and Lujiazui. Strange that neither this corridor, nor the Gonghexin-Chengdu-Chongqing-Luban Lu one (the one having Nanbei Gaojia Lu, or North-South Elevated Road, running above it) have never been considered for rapid transit until now.
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What type of those lines will be? Like present Translohr? or traditional steel wheel with overhead wire?
It appears they will be traditional trams. At least the two U/C lines in Songjiang will be so, as they will be served by Alstom Citadis.

And last but not least, Changqing Lu station on line 13 is set to open in October, effectively extending this line.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 06:51 AM   #3664
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High time Yan'an Lu got something...I always found it weird that there are always Metro stations "nearby" but no Metro that runs along what appeared to be a very important artery.
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Old July 27th, 2016, 09:14 AM   #3665
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My experience with the Shanghai Metro is that many lines are insanely crowded during commute hours. I've never looked up the headways until now but I noticed that there's there's only three lines with sub-3 minute headways and none have headways of less than 2:15. Is there any reason for this, even with ATO?

At 2:30 headways (which is all but one line), that's 24 trains per hour. The Victoria Line in London can run 36 trains per hour and the Lexington Ave line in NYC can do 53 trains per hour, although that's combining express and local service. For a system known for its insane crowding and rapid advancement, is there a reason why no line exceeds ~24 tph?
Because of the lack of trains , they could not upgrade the capacity of the line even the signal system allow 36 tph .
Therefore Shanghai Metro plan to buy lots of trains to meet the need .
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Old July 27th, 2016, 10:12 AM   #3666
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Because of the lack of trains , they could not upgrade the capacity of the line even the signal system allow 36 tph .
Therefore Shanghai Metro plan to buy lots of trains to meet the need .
All of those trainsets should've been delivered and entered service by now, right? Wikipedia indicates that only lines 6-13 (but not 12) have some level of ATO. Is the rest of the system equipped with CBTC / plans for ATO?
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Old July 27th, 2016, 12:59 PM   #3667
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Because of the lack of trains , they could not upgrade the capacity of the line even the signal system allow 36 tph .
Therefore Shanghai Metro plan to buy lots of trains to meet the need .
Nothing for Line 2?
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Old July 27th, 2016, 04:55 PM   #3668
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High time Yan'an Lu got something...I always found it weird that there are always Metro stations "nearby" but no Metro that runs along what appeared to be a very important artery.
Here is the route map

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Old July 28th, 2016, 09:01 AM   #3669
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And last but not least, Changqing Lu station on line 13 is set to open in October, effectively extending this line.
Where did you get this information about Line 13?
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Old August 1st, 2016, 10:34 PM   #3670
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I heard Shanghai is planning an 800 Km. tram network. Is it true? If yes it will be fantastic. Please give me some details about this.i.e tram map of the future system, and a description about the future network.
You have? It wouldn't astound me since it's Shanghai.
Where did you hear this information?
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Old August 26th, 2016, 06:00 PM   #3671
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Proposals on how to link Suzhou-Kunshan-Shanghai via subway revealed.
SHM Line 11 will be connected to SZM Line S1. S1 will start construction this year is scheduled to be completed in late 2020.



In addition SHM Line 17 and SZM Line 4 will meet halfway between Shanghai and Suzhou in the south.



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Old August 29th, 2016, 05:37 AM   #3672
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I can confirm that Line 15 is well and truly under construction. There's going to be a station right near my apartment , and there's road construction there now marked as utility relocation for Line 15. Further south in Minhang along Lianhua Road there's a lot of work going on at several of the station sites as well.
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At dusk , an AC-18 7-car train came when an AC-07 train , near Pu Jiang Zhen Sta.(浦江镇站) of Line 8
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Old September 4th, 2016, 09:57 AM   #3674
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And last but not least, Changqing Lu station on line 13 is set to open in October, effectively extending this line.
I think all new stations on line 13 will be opened in october. A sign at a construction area near Sunqiao shows that the station being built there would also be ready in october.
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Proposals on how to link Suzhou-Kunshan-Shanghai via subway revealed.
SHM Line 11 will be connected to SZM Line S1. S1 will start construction this year is scheduled to be completed in late 2020.



In addition SHM Line 17 and SZM Line 4 will meet halfway between Shanghai and Suzhou in the south.



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So are we to assume that once SZ S1 line is completed in 2020 the two cities will be connected by metro?
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Old September 16th, 2016, 11:30 PM   #3676
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Guys, what are the metro plans for the year 2016? Still some tiny openings or something big a la Chinese?
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No big openings for this year, only one station extensions: line 11 Kangxin Gonglu-Dishini (i.e. Disneyland, already open) and line 13 Shibo Dadao-Changqing Lu.
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Old September 23rd, 2016, 05:02 PM   #3678
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I love the tradition to color the train livery with the color of the line! I think it's typical of Asian metros. I saw it also in Tokyo and in Seoul.
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Yeah , the color of the train gives a clear symbol of which line it belongs to . But in some cities and some lines , the color of the line and train do not match .
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