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Old December 3rd, 2015, 09:33 AM   #861
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Since there is so much going on I'm gonna list all the subway lines and extensions planned in the Seoul Capital Area. They are listed (approximately) by date of expected completion.

I've excluded lines that haven't had much going on recently and are too far away from becoming reality (Suwon Subway - actually tram Line 1, Dongtan subway...). I didn't list 1-stop extensions nor GTX lines. If I missed anything, let me know.

If you want additional information on the line, you should use Google images, Naver images, or the Korean wiki (Namu) that should give you any information you need (map of the line...). Better to type in the Korean name than the English one of course. For extension projects, type in 연장 (Korean for extension) next to the name of the line

- Shinbundang Line (신분당선) : One southern extension will open in January 2016, with an other Southern extension planned until Homaesil station in 2020, and a Northern extension to Yongsan station also around 2020
- Suin Line (수인선) : A Western extension to Incheon station will open in February 2016, and an Eastern extension to Suwon station in 2017, which will connect with and actually become a single line with the Bundang line
- Incheon Subway Line 2 (인천2호선) : New line to open in July 2016
- Seongnam-Yeoju Line (성남여주선) : New line to open in July 2016
- Ui LRT Line (우이신설선) : New line to open in November 2016
- Incheon airport maglev (인천공항 자기부상열차) : Planned to open in 2016. For information, it is not known if this (small) line will be integrated into the system or will be separate
- Sosa-Wonsi Line (소사원시선) : New line to open in 2018. It will also be extended to the North by another new line, still in its planning stages, called Sosa-Daegok Line (소사대곡선)
- Gimpo Gold Line (김포도시철도) : New line to open in 2018
- Subway Line 9 (서울 지하철 9호선) will be extended Eastward in two phases in 2018 and 2020
- Hanam Line (하남선) which will actually be an Eastern extension of Subway Line 5 (서울 지하철 5호선) will open in two phases in 2018 and 2020
- Jinjeop Line (진접선) which will actually be an Eastern extension of Subway Line 4 (서울 지하철 4호선) will open in 2020
- Byollae Line (별내선) which will actually be an Eastern extension of Subway Line 8 (서울 지하철 8호선) will open around 2020
- Subway Line 7 (서울 지하철 7호선) will be extended Westward in 2020.
- Sillim Line (신림선) : New line that just began construction : Opening scheduled for 2021. An additional branch to this line is planned and named Nangok Line (난곡선)
- Indeogwon-Suwon Line (인덕원-수원 복선전철) : New line approved. Opeinging scheduled in 2021
- New Ansan Line (or Shinansan Line) (신안산선) : New line under planning to open starting in 2023 (probably in 2 phases)
- Dongbuk Line (동북선) : New line to start construction in 2016
- Myeonmok Line (면목선) : New line to start construction in 2017
- Wirye-Sinsa Line (위례신사선) : New line under planning
- Wirye Line (위례선) : New line under planning
- Wolgot-Pangyo Line (월곶판교선) : New line still under planning
- Mokdong Line (목동선) : New line still under planning
- Seobu Line (서부선) : New line still under planning
- Hwagok-Hongdae Line (화곡홍대입구선) : New line still under planning
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Old December 8th, 2015, 01:39 PM   #862
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GTX Line C greenlit by KDI.

The GTX Line 3 project is moving forward. The line has been greenlit by the KDI, which 2 years ago gave a no-go as the project was apparently not economically viable.

Since then, changes have been implemented to GTX Line 3 :
- The line will use the existing Gwacheon line (part of subway line 4) between Gwacheon and Geumjeong. (6.1km)
- The line will also use the existing Gyeongwon line (part of subway line 1) between Dobongsan and Uijeongbu. (5.4km)
- Sudogwon KTX (due to open next June) line will be extended from Suseo station to Samseong station, and will then share service with the GTX line from Samseong all the way to Uijeongbu. So, that's killing two birds with one stone.
- Old Gyeongbu line to connect with Sudogwon KTX at Jijae station, allowing Suwon residents to bypass the slow Gyeongbu line and use the Gyeongbu HSR to Daejeon, cutting Suwon-Daejeon travel time by 18 minutes, and increasing the number of KTX departing from Suwon everyday from 8 to 20. This doesn't affect the GTX line per se, but since the GTX line connects with with subway line 1 at Geumjeong, which is in fact the old Gyeongbu line, that should bring added service to the Gyeongbu line. I don't know if that mean extending GTX to Suwon, additional ITX trains or new express service on subway line 1, but that does give more options overall for Suwon.

http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin...ML?input=1195m

Still no official date for start of construction (or opening), but that bodes well.
The other lines are also trying to iron out details to pass the KDI's evaluation.
GTX Line A has considered sharing its central section with Shinbundang line's northern extension, and Incheon has submitted a proposal to have the line go to Samseong/Jamsil, aligned with Seoul Subway Line 2, rather that go North of the river to Cheongnyangni through Seoul Station.
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Old December 17th, 2015, 06:53 PM   #863
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I recently discussed trams trying to make a come-back to Korea, with projects ungoing in Wirye, Changwon and Suwon (among others). Now, there is a new contender for the 1st modern tram system to be built in Korea title.

It's a very short line, and designed as a shuttle rather than a full tramway line. A bit peculiar because it only has one use. But I think that with its open space and new city design, Pangyo (city of Seongnam in Seoul's Southeast suburbs) is a good potential location for a line. Here is the full article from Kojects

Pangyo to Lead Tram Renaissance



Following the increasing number of light rail lines opening around South Korea, a tram renaissance is also quietly brewing in several of the nation’s cities. One of the first places expected to bring back traditional trams since they disappeared from Korea nearly 5o years ago, is Pangyo Techno Valley in Seongnam City. In the past we’ve written about bi-modal trams that have been trialed in a few places around the country, but these haven’t seen much success so far.

The Pangyo Tram project was announced by the Mayor of Seongnam City at a press conference last year and will be a short 1.5km line. The route will ultimately act as a shuttle between Pangyo Station and industrial complex areas, with final designs to be confirmed next year. Construction will then take place over the next two years with the aim to open at the end of 2018. Building the tram is expected to cost a total of 32 billion won.

Below is a map of one of the proposed routes with stops at Sampyeong Bridge (삼평교앞), Geumto Stream (금토천), Jungang Plaza (중앙광장), Park (공원), Pangyo Station (판교역).


Pangyo Tram Map – Image: Railroad Paradise
As you can see from the map above, the tram is designed so that it mainly runs through “transit malls” in between buildings and only covers a minimal amount of road. The trams won’t have any overhead wiring, instead running on batteries, and creating a safer, better looking environment at the same time. Hyundai Rotem have already developed and started trialing such trams (see banner image), with Suwon planning to use the same type of vehicles for another future tram project.


A Hyundai Rotem Tram displayed at Suwon’s Ecomoblity Exhibition in 2013.

Seongnam City delegates also recently visited Helsinki, Finland which has a more than 120 year history of operating trams, in order to carry out benchmarking and learn more about tram technology. The trip resulted in the two cities agreeing to share information about trams and tram technology in the future.

You might expect an area like Pangyo, which is home to companies and institutes that deal with cutting-edge technology, to already have some sort of modern “clean, green” mode of transport. However, the reality has been far from that.

One of the main issues is that although Pangyo is connected to the Sinbundang Line, the Techno Valley area where a majority of the 70,000 employees work is actually quite a walk from the station, especially for some parts. In recent years, this led to many workers using their cars to commute instead of using public transport, creating what was dubbed a “parking war” by the media due to the lack of spaces.


This photo was taken near where the second stop (Park) in the above map would be located.
Nevertheless, it’s hoped that once the Pangyo Tram is complete, more commuters will change their habits and find the experience of hoping off a tram right outside their office building a more attractive option than spending time searching for a carpark or parking illegally.

The project is still in the early changes, but the timeline line is a short one and one that I hope will progress swiftly. I’m definitely keen to see Pangyo Techno Valley help lead the way with environmentally-friendly and pedestrian-focused transport, as well as act a role model for other cities with similar plans. There are currently four other cities already planning to build trams including Seoul and Suwon, and several other cities considering it. We’ll be sure to post about these other tram projects in the future once projects are confirmed and more information becomes available.

http://kojects.com/2015/12/17/pangyo...m-renaissance/
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Government pushes away Incheon's plans for a Songdo-Jamsil GTX Line B in favor of the Songdo-Cheongnyangni route

GTX Line B was initially proposed to go from Songdo (in Incheon) to Cheongnyangni (in North-East Seoul), through Incheon City Hall, Bupyeong, Dangarae, Sindorim, Yeouido, Yongsan, and Seoul Station.

However, last year, the city of Incheon submitted an alternate plan, going from Songdo to South-East Seoul in Jamsil. (through Incheon City Hall, Sosa, Gasan Digital, Sadang, Gangnam and Samseong - and with additional stops being considered at Seoul National University of Education and Seolleung), with all 3 lines intersecting at Samseong Station.

However, the government has just announced its opposition to this plan and intends to maintain its initial plan of going through the busy train stations of Yongsan, Seoul Station and Cheongnyangni, as well as Yeouido, the city's financial center ; rather than go along the busy Gangnam axis along Teheran Street and Olympic Avenue.

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the red Line B is the one favored by the government, which will probably get built, while the black line B was proposed by Incheon as an alternative but just got rebuked.



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I'm kind of torn on which of those two seems like a better plan. The Gangnam region (as opposed to the district) seems to be less than well-served by transit at the moment, but Incheon's proposal serves more residential than business districts, which says to me that it may not be as utilized as the government's proposal. Additionally, the lack of connection with any current KTX stations, as opposed to the other plan's connections at both Seoul and Yongsan, seems to be a major shortfall, although by the time either plan is fully built up, the Gangnam KTX station will probably be ready to go.

Any word on the difference in cost?
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I'm kind of torn on which of those two seems like a better plan. The Gangnam region (as opposed to the district) seems to be less than well-served by transit at the moment, but Incheon's proposal serves more residential than business districts, which says to me that it may not be as utilized as the government's proposal. Additionally, the lack of connection with any current KTX stations, as opposed to the other plan's connections at both Seoul and Yongsan, seems to be a major shortfall, although by the time either plan is fully built up, the Gangnam KTX station will probably be ready to go.

Any word on the difference in cost?
I don't know the costs. I'm sure you could find them somewhere, but since the line is about the same length either way, it doesn't change all that much (digging across the river is a bit more expensive, but that's probably also true for the dense heart of Gangnam.

I understand Incheon's initiative for two reasons :
- Most people from Incheon would rather go to Gangnam that Jongno-gu / Jung-gu
- It's already easier to go to Jongno-gu than Gangnam-gu from Incheon (be it Songdo or other parts or Incheon). Basically, at one point you have to get on Seoul subway line 1, which goes right through Jongno and Junggu (Seoul station, Jongno,...), but if you want to go to Gangnam-gu, you pretty much have to change over to line 2 at Shindorim

That being said, for the better good of the GTX project, I think that having the original GTX Line B going to Cheongnyangni (red line) rather than Jamsil (black line) is better. Having three transfer spread out in a triangle-like shape make it much more efficient : no need to take a great detour to go from Songdo to Kintex (you can just transfer at Seoul station rather than at Samseong all the way in the South-East, which makes no sense). Politically, I think it would also be very difficult for the Seoul administration to have a triple-transfer point in Gangnam and no other transfer point elsewhere. That would radically change the city's dynamic and bring a desequilibrium in the long term.

Also, while places like Sadang are important transfer nodes, they're just nodes, without being a truly essential area of the city. And I'm not even talking about Sillim, which was until now just a regular station on line 2, so the intermediate stops on the Incheon proposal are not "final destinations" per se. The initial line serves two of the most important areas of Seoul : Yongsan and Yeouido, and having them out of the GTX plan alltogether would be very detrimental to these key areas for a long time.

It's true however that there is a lack of subway options in southern Seoul. It is not unsurprising since many parts of Southern Seoul were built in the 1980s, so the infrastructure trails that of the central CBD in Jongno. But there are many projects going on that should alleviate the problem : line 9 is going to expand Eastwards in Songpa (the "greater Gangnam"), and is still functioning with an inadequate number of trains. So the increase of train sets should help in a few years. And most of the subway projects going on are in Southern Seoul. The Shinbundang Northern extension (through Gangnam avenue and then on to Yongsan station is probably the most important one). Southwestern Seoul still lacks transport (especially on North-South axis), but this should be solved soon with the Sillim line (U/C), Sinansan Line (final planning), as well as the Mokdong and Seobu lines (still in early planning). As for the district of Gangnam itself, the Wirye-Sinsa line (I think it could start construction as early as next year) will be crucial, because it will pretty much mean that every major avenue in Gangnam will have subway underneath it (the line will go below Dosan and Yeongdong avenues).

Finally, we have to keep in mind that a GTX line cannot substitute or complement a local line such as line 2 (which is kind of what the Incheon plan proposed). Since the GTX lines would skip over many stations, including important nodal points such as Seoul National University of Education or Seolleung, it means that people using GTX B instead of Subway line 2 would probably still have to transfer over at some point back to line 2, creating additional bottlenecks. And since GTX don't run at the same frequency either, that might actually make traffic less fluid on line 2 if the Incheon proposal was selected.
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Daegu Region Urban Rail to star construction in late 2016

Daegu, which already boasts three subway lines, will soon have a line similar to Daejeon Line 3, which is an express urban rail line using the old Gyeongbu Line.

Since the urban sections of the Gyeongbu HSR line have been completed in Daejeon and Daegu, the KTX traffic doesn't run across the old Gyeongbu line anymore, allowing for much more flexibility of the old line and turning it into a commuter-rail, urban-rail, express subway (whatever you want to call it). That would mostly involve building additional stations, realigning the rail and workng on signalisation and such, but no actual construction of the line from scratch.

The Daegu plan doesn't actually call the potential new line "subway" though. Here is the plan :


http://www.cnews.co.kr/uhtml/read.js...81443268920994

Service would run from Gumi to Gyeongsan (61.85km), and pass through Dongdaegu and Daegu stations. Four new stations would be built between Gumi and Daegu station. Transfer with subway line 1 would be possible at Daegu Station, and with subway line 3 near Dalseong Park and Buk-gu Office stations.

Some MOUs have been signed, initial plans should be finished by March and final plans by the end of the year, with construction starting also in 216 hopefully. Completion is scheduled for 2019.

The line could potentially be extended North from Gumi to Gimcheon (22.9km), and South from Gyeongsan to Miryang (44.7km).

http://www.cnews.co.kr/uhtml/read.js...81443268920994
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Seoul Subway Line 9 to increase capacity

Seoul Subway Line 9 is a crucial line to Seoul's infrastructure. It's most recent line built truly within Seoul, in 2009 (excluding extensions or lines that mostly go to satellite cities). It is the first privately-run line of the city and also offers a slicks express train service.

The line has been successful (as far as passenger), but management hasn't been adequate. From day 1, the line was saturated, with only 24 trains on the line. That was somewhat alleviated in 2011 with the addition12 train sets. However, the issue became worse than ever in March 2015 with the opening of Phase 2 from Sinnonhyeon to Jamsil Sports Complex. This has created additional traffic, and made the line more attractive to people going to Gangnam (who previously had to take line 2 or 7). So the demand increased. The supply, in relative terms, decreased, because no new trains were introduced and the existing 36 train sets had to cover 30 stations instead of 25. So the line is crowded, and the frequency is low compared to other lines (especially considering that the trains are only 4 cars each, while most other lines have 6, 8 or 10-car sets).

The line has been satirically called Hell's Subway (it's a Korean pun that doesn't translate into english) because it's too crowded.

The city has seemingly a plan that should be much more viable for the coming years.

The Line 9 depot (located at Gaewha) is being extended, with new lines. Construction started today and will finish in August. Once completed, the depot will be able to hold more trains. Starting from August and until the end of the year, 32 additional cars will be brought into service (8 trainsets), bringing the total to 44.

That will still be insufficient to some degree I guess, and by the end of 2017, 38 additional train sets will be put into circulation. Which will translate into one additional trainset (total of 45), but with some trainsets (17 to be precise) having 6 cars instead of 4.

And then, in 2018, Phase 3 of the line will be opened, extending the line Eastwards by 9.4km and 8 stations. And this time around, the city will be prepared as it plans to roll out 80 new cars at the opening of phase 3. The number of trainsets will rise slightly from 45 to 49, but all trains will then have 6 cars, instead of 4.

Here is the recap below (in Korean but I think you can figure it out, it's basically just numbers).



http://mediahub.seoul.go.kr/archives/954365
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Daegu, which already boasts three subway lines, will soon have a line similar to Daejeon Line 3, which is an express urban rail line using the old Gyeongbu Line.
Is Daejeon's Line 3 operating already? I haven't seen a map or any other mention of it anywhere yet.
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Is Daejeon's Line 3 operating already? I haven't seen a map or any other mention of it anywhere yet.
No, it refers to a post I shared a couple of weeks ago. Daejeon subway line 3 has not started construction yet.

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Daejeon Subway Line 3 to start construction next year

Daejeon Subway Line 3 (which will probably be built before line 2) has just pass the Korea Development Institute (KDI) feasibility evaluation, and will move forward, with construction scheduled by late 2016, and opening of the line's 1st phase by 2022.

It should be noted that Line 3 is actually more of a commuter rail / urban rail line, and the first section has just 6 stations spread across 35 kilometers. If phase 2 is completed, the line will be 106 kilometer-long and will also be known as the Chungcheong Urban Rail (not a definitive name).

Here is the line in red (only the Phase 1 section is shown). Line 1 is in blue, and line 2 (circular line, in green) hasn't begun construction yet.



And here is what the line should look like if phase 2 is completed, truly a "regular" rail road :


https://namu.wiki/w/%EC%B6%A9%EC%B2%...A0%84%EC%B2%A0

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Opening of the Shinbundang Line Southward expension on January 30th

The line opened Saturday, with no major problem. I'll just copy/paste the kojects article (http://kojects.com/2016/01/11/shinbu...-january-2016/) so that you have an English language primary source, even though the article was written a few days ahead of the opening


The southern Shinbundang Line Extension to Suwon is set to open at the end of this month. The high-speed metro line has been open for over four years now and from January 30, the Shinbundang Line will begin operating services all the way to Gwanggyo(Kyonggi Univ.) Station in Suwon.

There are six new stations on the 12.8km extension: Dongcheon, Suji-gu Office, Seongbok, Sanghyeon, Gwanggyo Jungang(Ajou Univ.) and Gwanggyo(Kyonggi Univ.).



Also known as the “DX Line”, the current service boasts a quick trip of only 16 minutes from Gangnam to Jeonja Station and travels at a top speed of 110 km/h. The opening of the extension will bring the length of the entire line to 31.3km, making it the longest driverless railway in Korea. Travelling the length of the line is expected to take 30 minutes, which is very fast considering that a trip on the Bundang line from Seonneung to Cheongmyeong (the first station on the Bundang Line in Suwon) takes 58 minutes.

Trains will operate from 5:30am to 1am on weekdays and 5:30am to 12am on weekends and public holidays. Designs of the six new stations can be viewed on the Gyeonggi Rail website. Gwanggyo, the final station, is the only station above ground and also the location of the new depot. Another unique station is Gwanggyo Jungang Station which has an underground bus stop for quick transfers — likely to be popular on cold winter days.

Here is what a full run on the line will be like :



I didn't watch it in full, but I believe there are a few cuts in this video. Kojects says it will take 30 minutes from Gwanggyo to Gangnam, but I've seen reports of 31 and even 37 minutes posted on Korean media, so I don't know for sure. It still beats the express buses, which take 50 minutes.

Also, the underground transfer station at Gwanggyo Jungang is not completed yet and should open in late february

Opening of the Incheon Airport Maglev scheduled for February 3rd

The opening, delayed for almost 3 years, is now scheduled for this Wednesday. The line will become the 3rd commercial Maglev Line in the world.

The line is 6.1 km long, with 6 stops and heads Southwest from the Airport to Yongyu, going through the airport parking lot, the airport business district and its casino... but there won't be much else on the line.

There are plans for 2 extensions. A 9.7 extension that would link the line with the 2nd terminal, and a 37.4 further extension to complete the loop around the Yeongjong island where the airport is located.

From what I understand, the line will not be integrated (at least for now) with the rest of the Seoul Metropolitan Subway System and will function independantly.

http://www.kyeonggi.com/?mod=news&ac...&idxno=1120708

Here is a video simulation of the line
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Opening of the Shinbundang Line Southward expension on January 30th

The line opened Saturday, with no major problem.
I'm planning to ride this and the Suin extension to Incheon when it opens at the end of February. I live far away from Seoul, so I'll wait and do both lines at the same time.
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You're wrong. The Maglev was scheduled to open for the first time in 2013 I believe, but it has been pushed back many time. Until recently, opening was scheduled for S2 2015, but it was recently pushed back to S1 2016. And yes, it runs to nowhere and should take big losses, in the short and middle term. In the long term, Yeongjong Island should have a bunch of casinos (Midan City, an other right near T1) and there are also residential projects, so by then, when Phase 3 is completed and the Monorail / Maglev makes a full loop, it might be profitable. But that's probably 10 years ahead of us at least.
Kojects says the line finally opened on 2016-02-03! But it serves only two stations - the airport and Yongyoo (용유). It operates from 9:00-18:00 every 15 minutes.
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Opening of the Suin Line West Extension

A 7.3km, 4-station extension to the Suin Line from Songdo Station to Incheon Station opened today. Incheon Station will now become a transfer station with Seoul subway Line 1. On the map below, the previously opened part of the line is drawn in grey (which also includes part of the Seoul Subway Line 4 that has no Suin Line service as of now), and the new extension in blue.

Starting by late 2017, the line will be extended Eastwards, sharing tracks with Seoul Subway Line 4 between Oido and Hanyang University at Ansan, and then continuing onto Suwon Station with the tracks from Hanyang University at Ansan to Suwon. It will then merge with the Bundang line to become one giant subway line from Wangsimni to Incheon station.


http://www.edaily.co.kr/news/NewsRea...G31&DCD=A00703



Also, english language article :

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Newly revamped Suin Line to reopen Saturday



Railroad tracks that had gone unused over the past four decades came back to life Wednesday morning, when a subway train pulled into the platform at Songdo Station on the Suin Line in Yeonsu District, Incheon, for the first time in 43 years.

The Incheon Metropolitan City Government announced Thursday that a 7.3-kilometer section of the Suin Line, from Songdo Station to Incheon Station, will open on Saturday. Composed of six cars, the subway will run every 15 minutes, except during rush hours, when it will run every 10 minutes.

The Suin Line commenced operations in September 1937, during Japan’s occupation of Korea. Japanese authorities at the time used the line to transport rice from Icheon and Yeoju, Gyeonggi, and salt from the Sorae and Namdong regions of Incheon before shipping them off to Japan.

The tracks were actively used after Korea’s independence and into 1960: A steam locomotive composed of six passenger cars and seven freight cars stopped at 15 stations seven times a day. But with the upturn in public transportation services, including buses, the Suin Line’s traffic slowly dwindled, until its stations closed down one by one from the 1970s.



The steam locomotive at the time was nicknamed the “kiddy train” for its 76.2-centimeter-wide (30-inch-wide) narrow-gauge railway - passengers’ knees touched when they sat across from one another on benches lined parallel to the windows.

“I remember the train was so narrow, I thought it would be derailed when it collided with a small bus in Hwaseong, Gyeonggi, in 1990,” recalled Jo Woo-seong, the curator of the Incheon Metropolitan City Museum.

The opening of the Suin Line’s new section follows the commencement of operations on the 13.2-kilometer section between Oido Station and Songdo Station in June 2012.

Another section of the subway line, from Hanyang University at Ansan Station to Suwon Station, at 19.9 kilometers, is under construction. With its conclusion, expected around late 2017, the original tracks of the kiddy train will be restored in their complete form.

Construction costs for the complete Suin Line amounts to 1.89 trillion won ($1.52 billion). Twice as wide as before, its tracks are all underground. With double tracks, the subway travels at 120 kilometers per hour, and travelers can reach Incheon Station from Songdo Station in 10 minutes. By car, the same distance typically takes about 30 minutes.
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Here is a nice video of the Incheon Airport Ecobee Maglev which was just opened in February 2016. Enjoy...
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BUSAN Transportation Corporation has awarded Hyundai Rotem a Won 52.8 trillion ($US 442.1m) contract to supply 40 new metro trains for use on Metro Line 1

The trains will replace the line's existing eight-car sets which were introduced in 1985-6. Deliveries are due to start in 2017 with the trains also set to serve the southern extension of the line from Sinpyeong to Dadaepo which is scheduled to open next year

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Here is a nice video of the Incheon Airport Ecobee Maglev which was just opened in February 2016. Enjoy...
There have been reports in non-English media that there have been teething troubles with this system- on the opening day, just eight minutes into the maiden commercial run, the train had to be halted by emergency brake, as the system detected overspeed (3km/h over the limit). Also, on the 23rd, there was a cable fire on a non-revenue portion of the line (between the terminal and the depot shed), which required halting of operations as power supply was interrrupted. Apparently, after completion of the line in 2012, around 500 problems have been detected, which has delayed the opening of the line considerably.
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There have been reports in non-English media that there have been teething troubles with this system- on the opening day, just eight minutes into the maiden commercial run, the train had to be halted by emergency brake, as the system detected overspeed (3km/h over the limit). Also, on the 23rd, there was a cable fire on a non-revenue portion of the line (between the terminal and the depot shed), which required halting of operations as power supply was interrrupted. Apparently, after completion of the line in 2012, around 500 problems have been detected, which has delayed the opening of the line considerably.
I was actually there on the 23rd and rode the maglev a few times getting some video. Later in the afternoon I discovered the maglev had been shut down and when I asked about it, they told me a malfunction occurred. I learned later through facebook about the fire.

Hopefully these teething problems are over...
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Construction on Northern Sinbundang Line Extension to begin in August

Yesterday the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced that construction on the long-awaited northern Sinbundang Line extension would get underway this year.

Once the project is given the green light at the end of the planning stage in June, construction will begin in August on the first section from Gangnam (강남역) to Sinsa Station (신사역). This is expected to take just under six years, with a completion date of early 2022.

Earlier this year we mentioned that the northern extension was still quite a way off, despite being outlined on subway map apps for several years, giving a false impression that it would be coming soon.

All three stations on the 2.5km extension will be transfer points — Sinnonhyeon (Line 9), Nonhyeon (Line 7) and Sinsa (Line 3), making travelling to these areas even easier for commuters from Seongnam, Yongin and Suwon. Once open, it’s expected that a trip from Gwanggyo to Sinsa will take 40 minutes.



The real bonus will be for those that already work or live in the Seoul area willing to pay a little bit extra to quickly jump between these popular areas. While there are several lines that stretch across the Gangnam district, if travelling “vertically” you usually have to catch a bus or go out of the way to transfer via subway. The introduction of the northern Bundang Line Extension in 2012 helped with this and the new Sinbundang Line extension will make it even easier to travel between such locations.

Nearly six years may seem like a long time for such a short extension, but one mustn’t forget that it will involve digging deep under Gangnam-daero, one of the busiest streets in Gangnam-gu. There will be a spiderweb of current infrastructure to work around as well as constructing three new transfer stations.

The remainder of the extension will be a 5.22km section from Sinsa that passes through Dongbingo(동빙고), National Museum of Korea(국립박물관) and ends at Yongsan(용산). MOLIT says that work on the second phase of the extension will begin as soon as the army base at Yongsan is moved. This extension will also take six years to build, so don’t get too excited just yet.
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