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2023/2024 year-end updates for ExploreMetro maps

Tap, tap, is this thing still on?

As usual, there are several new extensions openings in China at the end of the year.

Beijing Metro Expansions

The capital city is gearing up for significant additions to its metro network by the end of December. This will extend the system from 807 km to 836 km, overtaking Shanghai again!

  • Line 11 Extension: Just one extra station, extending from Jin’anqiao to Moshikou
  • Line 16 Expansion: The extension from Yushuzhuang will now include two new stations – Hongtaizhuang and Wanpingcheng
  • Line 17 New Route: A brand new segment from Workers Stadium to Future Science City North. This will run seperately from the existing southern section of Line 17 for now, with the middle section opening later.
  • Interchange at Suzhou Jie: A new interchange will open between Lines 10 and 16 at Suzhou Jie
Small but beautiful, the Line 11 extension
Two new stations on Line 16
New Line 17 segment

Shenzhen Line 8 Extension

  • Opening Date: 27th December 2023
  • Line 8 Extension: This extension runs from Yantian Road to Xiaomeisha, covering a distance of approximately 8 kilometers
More stations on the east end of Line 8

Guangzhou Metro Additions

  • Opening Date: 28th December 2023
  • Line 5 Extension: A new stretch Wenchong to Huangpu New Port, spanning 9.8 kilometers.
  • Line 7 Extension: A 19.9-kilometer extension from Higher Education Mega Center South to Yanshan
Several new stations on Line 7 and Line 5 give a new look to the east side of the GZ Metro Map

The new extensions to Line 5 and Line 7 introduce a number of new interchanges such as Xiayuan (5/13), Yufengwei (7/13), Dashadong (5/7), Luogang (6/7) and Shuixi (7/21).

As usual expect updates to our iOS apps, Android apps and website shortly.

Should Bangkok subsidise public transport costs?

The idea of a flat fare for Bangkok public transport has recently resurfaced. Since the operation of the BTS and MRT is contracted out to private companies (BTS Group, and Bangkok Expressway and Metro PCL respectively), this would likely only be possible if the government agreed to subsidize the private operators for the loss of farebox revenue.

Let’s do some back of the envelope calculations on how much this would cost based on publically available information from the BTS and MRT.

The BTS Skytrain carries around 240 million trips per year, with farebox revenue of THB 7 billion, an average fare of fare THB 29 per trip.

The MRT carries around 115 million trips per year, with farebox revenue of about THB 3 billion and an average fare of about THB 25.

If there was a flat fare of 15 baht, and the government to fully reimburse the private operators for the cost of each trip, then each journey would need to be subsidised by about 14 baht on the BTS and 10 baht on the MRT, a total subsidy of about 4.5 billion baht. About 75% of the subsidy would be for the BTS, due to higher ridership and higher fares.

However this assumes that lower fares would have no effect on ridership numbers. In practice, we could realistically assume a 10-20% increase in ridership after a fare cut, bringing the subsidy above 5 billion per annum. The opening of future lines like the Yellow and Pink lines will further increase ridership.

How could the cost of the subsidy be limited? There are two obvious ways. First it’s likely the government could agree a lower subsidy per ride in exchange for the future increase of passenger numbers. Second, the flat fare could be slightly higher. A flat fare of 20 baht instead of 15 baht would only require a subsidy of 2.7 billion baht instead of 4.5 billion baht.

Is this worth it? The pros and cons of subsidised public transportation have been debated at length. It’s clear that Bangkok suffers from heavy negative externalities from excessive motorbike and car use in the form of heavy pollution and congestion, so if the fare cut could bring commuters off the roads and onto public transport, perhaps. A 2016 study found the economic costs of Bangkok’s traffic was 11 billion baht per year.

Travel direct to Taipei 101 on the new Taipei Metro Xinyi Line

The Taipei Metro has opened the Xinyi Line, a major extension to Red Line services.

The new extension starts runs between Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall and Xiangshan, with intermediate stations at DongmenDaan Park,  DaanTaipei 101/World Trade Center and Xinyi Anhe.

Screenshot 2013-11-24 18.02.28

There are interchange stations with Orange Line trains at Dongmen and Brown Line trains at Daan.

There are now two Red Line services. Trains from Beitou will run directly to Xiangshan, while trains from Tamsui will run via the Green Line to Xindian.

Additionally, the Xiaonanmen Line has been extended, trains will now run from Ximen to Taipower Building.

We’ve updated our online map at, updates to our iOS and Android apps will be available soon.

5 dead and 18 injured in Shanghai Metro Line 12 construction site accident

Tragic news today, Sina reports that 5 people are dead and 18 injured after an accident at a construction site for the Shanghai Metro Line 12 at Jinsui Road (金穗路) in Pudong. The rush to build China’s infrastructure at a breakneck pace means that such accidents sadly seem to be very common. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Tell a friend, win an iPad!

It’s our best competition yet! Anyone who downloads one of our awesome iPhone metro maps has a chance to win an Apple iPad!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Go to and download the iPhone app for your favorite city
  2. On your iPhone/iPod, start the app and go to the Help tab
  3. Enter your details and the email address of a friend to be entered in the draw!
  4. Invite more friends for extra chances to win!