Subway Line 16 opens in Beijing

The northern section of Line 16 has opened in Beijing, bringing the total number of lines in Beijing to 18, with a total route length of 574km. Line 16 connects Xiyuan on Line 4 with Bei’anhe, in Haidian District. In the future Line 16 will stretch as far as 48 km, from Bei’anhe south to Xiaoyueyuan near Marco Polo Bridge, in Fengtai District.

The first train leaves Bei’anhe at 5:25 and the last train at 22:30, the first train leaves Xiyuan at 6:00 and the last train at 22:55.

Here’s the map of the new stations:

We’ve updated our online map, updates for our Android and iOS apps are coming soon!

South Island Line opens in Hong Kong

For years the Southern District of Hong Kong has not had any connection to the rest of the territory by MTR. That all changes starting December 28, 2016 with the opening of the South Island Line.

The line is colored green on the map, and connects South Horizons and Lei Tung on the island of Ap Lei Chau, via Wong Chuk Hang and Ocean Park with Admiralty, where passengers can transfer to the Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line.

The entire line uses driverless operation, and should significantly cut travel times from the south of Hong Kong Island.

We’ve updated our online map, Android app and iOS app with the new line!

Securing the future with ExploreMetro

We recently upgraded all of our metro map app websites to use HTTPS. You’ll notice if you visit any of our sites like Explore Shanghai,  Explore Singapore or Explore Bangkok, that the address bar starts with https:// instead of http://, and there should be a small green padlock icon.

One extra letter may not mean much, but HTTPS ensures that your information is safe and secure when using the internet. It also means no-one can impersonate another site.

We used the free Let’s Encrypt service to get our sites secure online. Only about 45% of page loads on the web are currently using HTTPS. Hopefully, by moving ExploreMetro to HTTPS, we’re helping get to 100% one little step at a time.

Kwun Tong Line extended in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong MTR added two new stations today with the opening of the Kwun Tong Line extension. The line now continues past the previous terminus at Yau Ma Tei to Ho Man Tin and Whampoa, providing access to Whampoa Garden.

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In the future, Ho Man Tin will be an interchange with the East-West corridor, a merger of the West Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line which will open by 2019.

The new stations are now available on our online Hong Kong MTR map and Android app, and an update for our iPhone app will be available shortly.

Quickly switch language in ExploreMetro apps for Android

We’ve added a handy new feature to our Android apps. Previously the apps would use your device language, for example if your phone is set to Chinese, then Explore Shanghai will show the map and station names in Chinese by default. Now you can manually override this by choosing Language in the dropdown settings menu. Here’s how it works:

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You’ll need to update to version 7.0.6 or higher of the Android apps to see the new menu option. You can download our apps from Google Play or if you don’t have access to Google Play, you can download the APK files directly.

MRT Purple Line opens in Bangkok

Bangkok’s newest subway line, the MRT Purple Line opened to the public on Saturday August 6. The new line brings much-needed connectivity to the north of the city, extending 23km from Tao Poon, across the Chao Phraya river at the Phra Nangkhao Bridge, and terminating at Khlong Bang Phai.

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Unfortunately there is not yet an interchange with the existing Blue Line, so at the moment travellers will need to take a free shuttle bus between Tao Poon and Bang Sue, the terminus of the Blue line. There are 15 buses in total, and shuttles will leave every 8 minutes, with the 1km journey taking between 7 and 12 minutes, depending on Bangkok’s notorious traffic.

Fares will cost between 14 to 42 baht.

We’ve updated our online Bangkok metro map with the new line, and updates for our Explore Bangkok iOS app and Explore Bangkok Android app will be available shortly.

 

ExploreMetro comes to Bangkok!

I am delighted to announce Explore Bangkok, the 9th app for ExploreMetro. I recently moved from Shanghai to my new home in Bangkok, and, much like when I arrived in Shanghai ten years ago, I struggled to find high-quality information about the BTS (Skytrain) and MRT (metro) system in Bangkok. Now there’s an map for that 😉

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You can access the app:

The app includes information about:

The app includes a routeplanner, first/last train times, prices, street maps, a “nearby stations” view, and tips for each station. We’ll be working to add better and more accurate information over time, including prices for journeys including multiple services, Thai pronunciations, and more.

Please do download the app, and let me know what you’d like to see added next!

Previewing the Singapore MRT Downtown Line Stage 2

Update: Looking for an update to our iOS and Android app for the Downtown Line? Please read http://support.exploremetro.com/knowledgebase/articles/803751 for the latest information.

Stage 2 of Singapore’s newest MRT Line, the Downtown Line, will open on 27 December 2015. This weekend commuters had the chance to visit the new stations as part of an Open Day.

The new extension starts at the existing terminus at Bugis and heads North West, interchanging with the North East line at Little India, the North South line at Newton, the Circle Line at Botanic Gardens, and terminating at Bukit Panjang, from where it is a short walk to Bukit Panjang LRT station.

Here’s a map of the new stations:

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The full list of new stations is:

  • Bukit Panjang DT1/BP6
  • Cashew DT2
  • Hillview DT3
  • Beauty World DT5
  • King Albert Park DT6
  • Sixth Avenue DT7
  • Tan Kah Kee DT8
  • Botanic Gardens DT9/CC19
  • Stevens DT10
  • Newton DT11/NS21
  • Little India DT12/NE7
  • Rochor DT13

We’ll be providing updates for our online SIngapore MRT map, iPhone app and Android app in time for the opening of the line in late December!

Previewing the Shanghai Metro Line 12 and Line 13 extensions

UPDATE: The new lines described below opened on December 19th 2015. Please see http://support.exploremetro.com/knowledgebase/articles/800889 for a timeline of when these lines will be available in our apps.

Across Shanghai, the sound of drilling echoes around 25 new metro stations, the plastic wrap is coming off hundreds of new fare gates, and scores of security personnel are being trained in how to blankly stare into the distance. Yes, at the end of 2015 we’re expecting two new extensions, finally bringing Line 12 and Line 13 into the downtown area.

New Line 13 station at Xintiandi

New Line 13 station at Xintiandi

Although there’s no official opening date yet, new lines often open on the final Sunday in December, so we predict December 27th 2015 will see 21km of new track open on Line 12, and 9.8km of new track open on Line 13.

First up, Line 12. Currently Line 12 connects Qufu Road with the North Bund, north-eastern suburbs and northern Pudong, passing Tiantong Road, the International Cruise Terminal, Dalian Road, Jufeng Road and terminating at Jinhai Road.

A new 16 stations are expected, with an impressive number of connections to existing lines opening in downtown, before the line heads towards Minhang. In particular, South Shaanxi Road becomes a 3-line interchange with lines 1, 10 and 12, as does Hanzhong Road with Lines 1, 12, and 13. West Nanjing Road will also have three lines (2, 12 and 13) but unfortunately it will be a “virtual” interchange, meaning you’ll need to exit the paid area for some interchanges. The same fate befalls Longhua station, a virtual interchange between line 11 and line 12.

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Here’s the full list of new stations, with official Chinese and English names.

  • Qixin Road 七莘路
  • Hongxin Road 虹莘路
  • Gudai Road 顾戴路
  • Donglan Road 东兰路
  • Hongmei Road 虹梅路
  • Hongcao Road 虹漕路
  • Guilin Park 桂林公园
  • Caobao Road 漕宝路 (Line 1 interchange)
  • Longcao Road 龙漕路 (Line 3 interchange)
  • Longhua 龙华 (Line 11 “virtual” interchange)
  • Longhua Middle Road 龙华中路 (Line 7 interchange)
  • Damuqiao Road 大木桥路 (Line 4 interchange)
  • Jiashan Road 嘉善路 (Line 9 interchange)
  • South Shaanxi Road 陕西南路 (Lines 1 & 10 interchange)
  • West Nanjing Road 南京西路 (Lines 2 & 13 “virtual” interchange)
  • Hanzhong Road 汉中路 (Lines 1 & 13 interchange)
  • connects to existing Line 12 track via Qufu Road to Jinhai Road

Secondly, Line 13 which currently connects Changshou Road in Jing’an to the western suburbs, running along Jinshajiang Road. The line will continue south and east, with a double interchange with Line 12 at Hanzhong Road and West Nanjing Road. There’s then a new station at Middle Huaihai Rd., which lies roughly halfway between South Shaanxi Road and South Huangpi Road, before interchanges with Line 10 at Xintiandi and Line 9 at Madang Road. The line then heads into the old Expo area, with a newly renamed World Expo Museum station (formerly known as Lupu Bridge) and terminating at Shibo Avenue in Pudong. In future the line will continue further south, connecting with Line 7 at Changqing Road.

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Here’s the full list of new stations, with official Chinese and English names.

  • Jiangning Road 江宁路
  • Hanzhong Road 汉中路 (Lines 1 & 12 interchange)
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum 自然博物馆
  • West Nanjing Road 南京西路 (Lines 2 & 12 virtual interchange)
  • Middle Huaihai Road 淮海中路
  • Xintiandi 新天地 (Line 10 interchange)
  • Madang Road 马当路 (Line 9 interchange)
  • World Expo Museum 世博会博物馆
  • Shibo Avenue 世博大道
World Expo Museum station

World Expo Museum station