Back in 2010 I analyzed the passenger numbers on the Shanghai Metro’s twelve lines. Earlier this year the Shanghai Metro company released new data, which allows us to compare the growth in passenger numbers across the different metro lines.
With a 38% increase between 2010 and 2013, Line 2 has overtaken Line 1 to be the busiest line in Shanghai, with 1.65 million daily passenger rides. The biggest increase was Line 10, which rose by more than 5 times, from 120,000 to 680,000 – although it’s worth noting that Line 10 had heavily restricted trial opening hours in 2010. Line 9 and 11 have also seen a near-doubling of traffic.
The Shanghai Metro is one of the longest metro stations in the world. How stations does it have, as of December 2014? That’s a slightly tricky question to answer, for a number of reasons:
Which lines to include?
For the purposes of this article, we’re including the fourteen lines which provide regular metro service: that’s Lines 1 through Line 13 and Line 16.
We don’t include the Jinshan Railway (“Line 22”), as the frequency of trains on the line is not high enough to constitute a rapid transit service, and there is no integrated ticketing with the rest of the network. Similarly, we exclude the Shanghai Maglev train.
We recently posted a map of China’s High Speed Rail Network to Facebook. With over 200 likes, I guess people found it entertaining! Here’s an updated version of the map, fixing some errors and showing the lines which should open during 2013. Shanghai to Kunming, anyone?
In the next version of Explore Hong Kong, we want to include the Cantonese transliterations, using the Jyutping transliteration system, for all Hong Kong MTR stations. Here’s a first attempt. If you have any corrections, do leave a note in the comments!