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Old May 18th, 2016, 09:18 AM   #881
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Update on Busan Subway projects

As you probably know, Busan has 5 subway lines. 4 numbered lines, and the Busan-Gimhae LRT.

It's not expanding as fast as Seoul, but there are various projects going on, so I figured it would be good to talk about it.



Here is the map of the system, with existing lines in color, future extensions in dotted lines, and new lines in grey.

- Sinpyeong - Dadaepo extension to line 1, in southwestern Busan. The 6-station, 6.3 km extension is scheduled for completion in november 2016, and should start running in early 2017.
- Sasang - Hadan line, will link Line 1 and Line 2 in western Busan, along the Nakdong river. The line will have 6 stations (including Sasang and Hadan) over 6.8 km. Construction will start next month, with a planned opening for 2022. There are proposals for extanding the line further South, but nothing set in stone yet.
- Yangsan line. Once again a line connecting line 1 and 2, but this time in Northern Busan, and in the neighboring city of Yangsan. It will have 7 stations and a length of 12.4 km. The line will go from Nopo to Bukjeong station.
- Donghae South Line. The Donghae South line will actually go all the way from Busan to Pohang, but only a portion of it, from Busan (Bujeon station) to Ulsan (Taehwagang station) Starting in October 2016, service will begin between Bujeon and Ilgwang station (a beach resort located halfway between Busan and Ulsan), while the Ilgwang-Taehwagang section will open in 2018). This is a very strategic line, because even after the 1st opening, it will be the quickest way to travel from central Busan (near Seomyeon) and the dynamic Haeundae district), especially given its limited number of stations. It will offer connections with other lines at Geoje Station (Line 3), Busan National University (Line 1) and BEXPO (Line 2). It will finally bring subway service to important areas such as the Northern part of Centum City.
- Gyeongjeon Line. It is also an historic line,in southern Korea. A new section is scheduled to run from Bujeon Station (connecting it with the Donghae South Line) to Masan. It will go through the city of Changwon, and allow transfer with other subway lines at Sasang station. It is scheduled for completion in 2020.

There are many other projects along the way, but they are much farther down the road.
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I'd always thought that line 1 and 2 should be linked for partial through-running. A terminal platform under Busan station or Jagalchi market, then a short link from Busanjin/Jwacheon to Jigegol/Motgol. Not sure where to turn them back, maybe a terminal platform at Haeundae?

It would cut 20 min off the journey from Busan station area to the beaches, I remember people at busy times like the fireworks festival getting off at Munhyeon station and walking to Beomil to transfer as it was actually faster...
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Old May 21st, 2016, 04:48 AM   #883
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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.
I must have misread the information on the Incheon Airport Maglev line. I rode this the other day before my flight. It stopped at 6 stations and it's free to ride. There are 2 small cars run automatically and there are 2 seats at the front and back to look out the window. I will upload some pictures when I get a chance.
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Old June 20th, 2016, 01:58 PM   #884
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Groundbreaking ceremony for the Sasang-Hadan Line in Busan

On June 15th, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for a new subway line in Busan (which I had previously mentioned briefly). The line will only be 6 stations and 6.9 kilometers long, linking Sasang Station (Line 2, Busan Gimhae LRT) and Hadan Station (Line 1) in Western Busan. Completion is scheduled for 2021.

There are projects to further extend the line further more in the future to Gadeok Island (site of a proposed new airport for the Yeongnam region) through the Myeongji International New Town in S-W Busan. But for the time being, these extension are still remote project.





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Jeju introduces Electric Buses with Swapping Battery
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Jeju-do wants to become a carbon-free island by 2030. Wind turbines and solar panels are being built and transportation shifts from fuel to electricity as power source. Just recently, Jeju-do introduced their first electric buses for public transport. But the vehicles aren’t any standard plug-in buses, they are electric buses with swapping battery system. It’s a technology invented in Korea and Jeju-do is the first place to use this technology commercially

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Old July 30th, 2016, 09:36 AM   #886
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Opening of Incheon Subway Line 2

Today, at 5:30, the new Incheon Subway Line 2, a fully-automatic line, opened to the public.

It has 27 stations, and runs over 29.2km from Unyeon Station to Geomdan Oryu Station. It features 3 transfer stations:
- Geomam Station (AREX Line)
- Juan Station (Seoul Subway Line 1)
- Incheon City Hall (Incheon Subway Line 1)

Also, by 2020, an extension of Line 7 should bring an extra transfer station at Seongnam Station (which is not spelled like the city of Seongnam)

Video about the opening:



https://namu.wiki/w/%EC%9D%B8%EC%B2%...98%B8%EC%84%A0

News: http://www.gukjenews.com/news/articl...l?idxno=527309

Also, as part of the opening of the new line, the Incheon bus system was completely modified with about 50% of the lines changing (new lines, cancelled line, different routes)

Also, this morning, the subway was hit by quite a few problems and had to be suspended for a bit. So that was a far from perfect first day so far.

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Old August 3rd, 2016, 08:59 AM   #888
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Construction of the Magok Station on AREX Line

The AREX line (from Seoul Station to Incheon Int'l Airport), will have a new station named Magok Station, starting from 2017.

This station was planned all along, but wasn't developed until the Magok area became more dynamic.

Actually, the station will be a transfer station with the existing Magongnaru Station on Line 9.

Here is what the new station will look like:



http://www.sedaily.com/NewsView/1KZZHW9KJU

And the location of the new station on the line (in red) :



http://www.ajunews.com/view/20160511110446518

The construction is starting right now and should be completed by the end of next year. By 2025, 39,000 passengers are expected to use the station daily
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English language reports on two lines just completed or about to be completed

Incheon Subway Line 2

From Kojects : http://kojects.com/2016/08/08/incheo...s-updated-map/

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Incheon Line 2 Teething Problems and Updated Map

Incheon’s Line 2 has been open for just over a week now but not everything has gone smoothly. While any new line is bound to have hiccups, the media isn’t pulling any punches after at least 9 incidents over the past 8 days. This included trains stopping due to problems with sensors and faulty signal equipment causing doors not to open, resulting in passengers using emergency switches to exit the train manually.

Unlike Incheon’s Line 1 which is a standard subway line, Line 2 is a driverless light rail system that travels both above and below ground. The new line travels from northern Incheon to the south and southwestern areas of the city. For more information on the line, check out our post from a year ago.

Incheon Transit Corporation says that it has replaced faulty equipment, is carrying out checks on screen doors every four hours, and will be carrying out a special safety audit with third-party experts from 8-11 August.

Over the past week the line has served an average of 95,000 passengers, not far off the city’s estimate of 108,000. This should have also quelled fears of overloading which was a concern prior to opening – although some might argue that passengers are avoiding the line until it’s more reliable.

Updated map:

In our previous post we included a tentative map of all the stops on the line and mentioned that the station names weren’t finalized yet. It turns out that many have changed – see the names of the stations on the map and list below.

Ui LRT Line

The Korea Economic Daily : http://english.hankyung.com/news/app...01608051325471

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Ui-Shinseoldong Light Rail Project Suddenly Stopped Right Before Opening



The construction of the Ui-Shinseol line, the first light rail for the Seoul metropolitan city, which connects Ui-dong in Gangbuk-gu with Shinseol-dong in Dongdaemun-gu, suddenly stopped in four months before official opening.

After conflicts between the Seoul metropolitan city government and the private operator over how to improve the profitability of the light rail and how to share the construction losses, the private operator decided to stop the construction tentatively from August 5.

Accordingly, the opening of the Ui-Shinseol line, originally scheduled on November 30, is expected to be delayed for a substantial period of time.

The Ui-Shinseol line was expected to accommodate up to 130,000 citizens per day, with its construction delay likely to deal a blow against the related housing markets and commercial communities.

According to sources close to the situation on August 4, the Seoul metropolitan city government and the private operator Uitrans declared a breakdown of their negotiation over how to share the burden arising from the construction losses and how to re-establish the operational profit structure.
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Groundbreaking of the Gangnam-Sinsa extension of the Shinbundang line

I mentioned back in April that the northern extension of the Shinbundang line from Gangnam to Yongsan would begin in August. The construction officially started today. For the first phase, the construction will only go up to Sinsa station because for the Yongsan station, they're waiting for the US Army to vacate the base before starting.

So the first phase of the extension will be rather short (2.5). It will run below Gangnam Avenue, and create new transfer stations at Sinnonhyeon Station (Line 9), Nonhyeon Station (Line 7) and Sinsa Station (Line 3).

I'm quite curious to see how affected the traffic will be while they build this new subway line right underneath one of the country's busiest and most famous main roads...



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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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Old September 6th, 2016, 05:48 AM   #891
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Train increase on subway line 9

Starting last week, new trains were introduced on Seoul subway line 9. Four new trains of 4 cars each were put in service, in express shuttle train mode. These trains run mostly at rush hour, and on only some of the stations to provide relief for the overly congested morning and evening commute. Before the implementation, the line was running at 233% capacity. With these new trains, the city hopes to decrease the rate to below 200%.

Apparently, so far, it is already having an effect, although it is still too crowded.

Starting in october, 16 additional cars will be put in service, further increasing capacity and creating the first 6-car trainsets (the system was built for 8-car sets but all trains only have 4 cars at the moment). Further additional batches of trains will help further down the road as well, with new trains scheduled for late 2017 and late 2018, when the line will extend further east.





I wrote a post about it a couple of months ago, so there it is again :

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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 Subway Line 1 extension

Daegu Subway Line 1 was extended on September 8, with the addition of two stations on the west end of the line. These stations are Hwawon and Myeonggok. In total, the extension is 2.6km long



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Two news report, first from the inauguration, the second talks about the future extensions of the Daegu Metro:




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서대구(West Daegu) KTX? On the Busan line?
Also, is the plan still to extend Line 3 monorail to create a circle line?
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Opening of the Gyeonggang Line (Pangyo-Yeoju section)

A new 54.8km, 11-station subway line (actually more of a commuter line) has opened on September 24th. It's the Gyeonggang Line. The full completed line should reach all the way from Incheon to Gangneung in the East Sea / Sea of Japan. We'llprobably get some different kind of service on different parts of the line, so it won't all be a subway line in the end.

There are 5 parts to this future "Gyeonggang Line":
- Incheon-Wolgot : Already built, but as part of the Suin Line. This part is not always considerd part of the Gyonggang Line
- Wolgot-Pangyo Line : Subway line reaching from Wolgot on the Suin Line to Pangyo on the Shinbundang line. The line would begin construction in 2019, and share some tracks with the New Ansan (or Shinansan), also in its planning stage
- Pangyo-Yeoju Line : Which opened yesterday. Also, in a semi related project, the Center Inland Line (no subway service line) is currently being built form Bubal station (on the Pangyo-Yoeju Line) to Chungju and then Mungyeong. So in the future, the Pangyo-Yeoju line will be part of the Center Inland Line as passengers from Chungju (2019) and Mungyeong (2021 I believe) will be able to go straight to Pangyo without having to change trains.
- Yeoju-Wonju : A small segment that is still fairly early in its planning with a 2024 completion target.
- Wonju-Gangneung Line : This line will see KTX service at up the 250kph. The line is set to open in late 2017 ahead of the 2018 winter Olympics

Here is a map with the different part of the project:


https://namu.wiki/w/%ED%8C%8C%EC%9D%BC:4X14xy0.jpg


As for the line that opened yesterday, the Pangyo-Yeoju line, it is considered a subway line at the moment with subway service.

It brings subway service for the first time to the cities of Gwangju, Icheon and Yeoju, and in addition to the Pangyo Station (Shinbundang Line), has an extra transfer station at Imae Station (Bundang Line)



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Shuttle Train Begins Operating between Gwangju and Gwangju-Songjeong Stations

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The 161-seater Mugunghwa shuttle train will operate 3o services a day, and cost 2,600 won – with a 900 won discount for travelers transferring to or from a KTX. KTX ticket holders can also get a 50% discount on parking at Gwangju Station. Unfortunately, neither of the discounts apply to passengers using SRT services, but a spokesperson for Gwangju Metropolitan City says that it is currently in negotiations to fix this. The city is supporting the new shuttle with 1.2 billion won, but says that the services could be canceled if the number of average passengers per day drops below 800.
I'm glad to see this service operating; it seems bound to better tie KTX service to urban development in Gwangju, even if the station isn't ideally-located within the city.
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Opening of the Donghae Line (Phase 1) in Busan

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Donghae Line Opens in Busan, Next Phase to Ulsan to be Completed in 2018

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The Donghae Line began operating today, bringing the number of lines on Busan’s metro system to six.

The new commuter railway is the first stage of a metro connection between Busan and Ulsan, and stretches from Bujeon Station to Ilgwang (Gijang-gun). The line is 28.5km long and stops at 14 stations, including transfer points at Geoje (Line 3), Busan Nat’l Univ. of Edu (Line 1) and Bexco (Line 2).

The route is similar to Seoul’s Line 1 in that it shares its track with the national rail network – the first of its type outside of the Seoul Capital Area. This means that standard train passengers can also transfer to the line at stations such as Gijang, Sinhaeundae and Bexco to reach their destinations faster. You may remember that we talked about the line just over three years ago when the old section of the Donghaenambu Line was closed and replaced with the current one, resulting in the loss of the old Haeundae Station.


Click the image to view a larger version.

While the Donghae Line will make travel more convenient for residents of Gijang and commuters in the south-east of Busan, passengers will need to take note that the trains operate every 15 minutes during the peak times of 7am – 9am and 6pm – 8pm. Outside of those times the services only operate every 30 minutes, meaning anyone using the line will need to check schedules if they don’t want to risk a long wait.

The trains have four carriages, and a total of 96 services operate on weekdays, with just 88 services during the weekend. Of course prices on the line are standard fare, and you can transfer from other lines and buses with your transport card. It’s hoped that the regional rail will stimulate development in neighboring cities and reduce traffic congestion.

The next phase of the line from Ilgwang to Taehwagang (formerly Ulsan) is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2018. Once the line is open, the connection between the two cities will be 65.7km long with 22 stations.


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http://kojects.com/2016/12/30/donghae-line-opens-busan/
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Opening of the Busan Suway Line 1 Extension to Dadaepo

Busan Subway Line 1 has been extended westwards from Sapyeong to Dadaepo Station on April 20th. The opening adds 6 stations to the line (7.8km) and will facilitate subway access for people in the Southwest part of the city.



http://news.chosun.com/site/data/htm...042100111.html

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Destruction of new Seoul Station and underground Seoul Station - Noryangjin Station section

A new project has been proposed. A very big project if I might say. As mentioned, the entire Seoul Station would be rebuilt underground. As part of the project:

- The " Modern" Seoul Station would be demolished (see picture of the current station)

http://alog.auric.or.kr/JC/Post/b66c...9e792ece5.aspx

It's big but it's a bit of a mess with various parts. Nothing to be ashamed of, but there is certainly an argument for rebuilding it, underground or not

- All the lines would be rebuilt underground, in a grid pattern, instead of the current layout which is a bit of a mess.
- It would allow for the addition of new lines, such as the Shinbundang line (late 2020s), Shinansan line (line 2020s), GTX A (2023), (mid 2020s), as well as the existing AREX, Gyeongui-Jungang, KTX, regular train lines. Subway lines 1 and 4 would stay where they are currently, slight East of the other tracks.
- The railroads would then be rebuilt underground for the entire Seoul Station - Noryangjin station section (including Yongsan station). The existing overground section would then be replaced by a park, as has been the case recently for the Gyeongui Line Forest Park for example, although that new park would be wider. This project is also related to the Yongsan US garrison park transformation, which should be completed by 2027.

Sounds very interesting, although many questions remain regarding feasibility and financing



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Seoul Metro Created out of Merger between Two Subway Corporations

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A new state-run corporation, Seoul Metro, in charge of Seoul's all subway lines has been born in May 31. For the past 23 years, Subway Line No. 1 to 4 have been run by Seoul Metro Corp. while Subway Line No. 5 to 8 by Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corp.

A Seoul metropolitan city official said on the same day, "We have come to a conclusion that service won't be improved any more under the current system, with a series of accidents and the mounting debt. The unions of the two metro corporations have agreed to the idea of unifying the organizations."

The two subway corporations had pushed for a merger since December 2014 but the negotiations fell through in March the next year due to opposition from the unions. The discussion resumed in May last year after the fatal accident of a repair crew at Guui Station (No. 2). After an overwhelming affirmative vote among the members of both unions, the Seoul Legislature passed an ordinance establishing a new merged entity.

The biggest point on which the new metro corporation will focus is safety, which is also the main cause of the merger. By putting together safety crews under a single roof, the corporation plans to improve safety features of all eight subway lines.
http://english.hankyung.com/business...y-corporations

So, logos will have to be replaced, with no fewer than 280,000 ones to replace.



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