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Changchun Metro Light Rail Tramway Map

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The city of Changchun lies in northeastern China, some 900 km from Beijing, between Harbin and Shenyang. It is an industrial city of heavy industry with a population of 7 million. After the opening of the city's first real metro line in June 2017, Changchun now boasts three different types of urban rail systems:



Starting with the north-south line, Changchun's initial metro system consists of two Subway lines which complement the older light rail system:

Line 1
30 June 2017: North Huancheng Road (Beihuan) - Hongzuizi (16.3 km)

Line 2
30 Aug 2018: Shuangfeng - Dongfang Square (20.5 km)


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Changchun was one of the first Chinese cities which employed an American-style light rail system as the city's metro transportation. The initial phase of the Light Rail plan consists of two lines forming a loop line of about 20 km long, the western half (Line 3) of which was opened in October 2002. The line was initially 14.6 km long, with 17 stations. It runs mostly at grade, but with only a few level crossings, with about 1 km underground and 1 km viaduct section.

Phase 2 development is an eastern extension of the current Line 3, from Weiguangjie to the tourist area of Jingyuetan (Jingyue Pond and Skiing Site). Jingyuetan Forest Park is the largest artificial forest in the world. Work on the Phase 2 started in 2003 but was suspended for a year due to a shortage of funding. Progress was resumed and the extension was completed in late 2006. It consists of 16 stations and is 17 km long. The project is entirely on a viaduct. The line is operated with low-floor light rail vehicles manufactured by the Changchun Railway Car Company.

Trial service on the second light rail line, Line 4, began in June 2011. This 17 km north-south route includes three underground stations on its northernmost section, while the rest of the line runs mostly elevated along Linhe Street (Linhejie).

Line 8, a fully segregated elevated light rail line, started operation on 30 Oct 2018, running north from the northern terminus of metro line 1 and serving the North Lake area.

xx-10-2002: Line 3 Changchun Railway Station - Weiguangjie
Line 3 Weiguangjie - Changyingshijicheng (17 km)
Line 4 Dongdaqiao - Chechang
06-05-2012: Line 4 Dongdaqiao - Northern Stop of Changchun Railway Station
30-10-2018: Line 8 North Huancheng Road - Guangtong Road

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Changchun has also preserved an old tramway line, running mostly on a reserved right-of-way, opened in 1941. Line 54 (7.6 km) was the last of a once-large streetcar network. To provide a link to the Changchun West Railway Station, a 5 km branch, served by the newly introduced line 55, was added on 25 Aug 2014. Initially terminating at some distance, the tram was extended to the railway station proper on 28 Aug 2016.


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201?: Line 3 Changchun station - Yongning Road (2km)
201?: Line 1 Yongchun - Lanjia (approx 20km)
201?: Line 2 Xike Station - (Economic Development Zone) (approx 20km)
20??: Line 5 Xinglongtuan - Fufengtuan

The above includes metro plan up to 2020 only. Under the government blueprint, a network of 179 km will be completed by 2050, see government map



Changchun Railway Traffic Group

Changchun Subway & Light Rail at Wikipedia

Changchun Tramway at Wikipedia




Urban Rail in Changchun by Craig Moore (Sept 2017):

The capital of Jilin Province was founded only 200 years ago, and is famed for its automobile industry and rolling stock production (CNR/CRRC Changchun). The city was also the first in China to operate a LRT line and now offers the full gamut of urban rail provision - full metro, light rail and tram. Metro and Light Rail provision is jointly operated by Changchun Rail Transit Corporation with 3 lines and 63km of revenue service (62 stations). 20.5km is underground (18 stations), the remainder being elevated or at grade. 

Line 1 is a Full Metro and is the latest addition (2017) to the rail network in the city. It has 16.4km of revenue route and is fully underground (14 stations), running a north-south service from North Huancheng Road (Beihuan), via the main railway station to Hongzuizi in the south. The line has 2 stations within the main railway station area. The quaintly named ‘Northern stop of Changchun Station’ (Changchunzhanbei) [since Dec 2017: Changchun Railway Station North] is accessed via a huge and confusing plaza in front of the Railway station, the confusion caused by scale and insufficient directional signage. This station is also served by LRT Line 4 (see below) but both facilities are currently unconnected and transfer requires new tickets and a lengthy walk. 700m south is ‘Changchun Station’ and eventually this will provide a nearby connection to LRT Line 3 (see below) but currently this full metro station is not operational and trains do not stop. Further south, the line passes Nanhu Lake (Gongnongguangchang Station) and Weixing Square (Weixingguangchang) which will eventually provide barrier-free integration with LRT Line 3.

Line 1 runs below a busy thoroughfare .... [for full report click here (PDF)]


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