As is reported back in January, two more Metro lines will commence operation this year, making the world's longest Metro network stretch even further. Following the completion of Line 5's South Extension earlier this month, new sections of Line 13 has passed the assessment, and is slated to open to the public by the end of the year, reports Shine.
Covering a distance of 21.5 kilometers (13.36 miles), the second and third phases of Line 13 starts from Shibo Avenue Station and ends at Zhangjiang Lu Station. Together there are 12 brand-new stations, covering transits to Line 6, 7, 8 and 16 en route.
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While we have to wait yet another week before we can have access to these newly-built stations, here are some sneak peaks photos released by Shentong Metro Group (the operator of Shanghai Metro).
The sign of each station is designed by 12 renowned calligraphers, making the trip on Line 13 nothing less than a moving exhibition.
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Besides, the ceilings are decorated with ancient Chinese-style objects and paintings, adding a touch of traditional flair.
In addition to the cultural aspect, much emphasis has been placed on technology as well. The ticketing machines now include an LED screen above, displaying information like ticket prices and real-time location of trains in both Chinese and English. At Zhongke Lu Station, there are now two robots 'employees' standing by, which can answer (literally) basic inquiries like how to purchase the tickets or which exit to use.
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Moreover, facilities within the stations are made generally more accessible. For instance, the information desks are now lower than before to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs. For visually impaired commuters, the team of Shanghai Metro has developed a navigation system using Bluetooth technology.
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The Shentong Metro Group has announced that both Phase 2 and 3 of Line 13 and South Extension of Line 5 will open by the end of year, while the exact dates have not been confirmed.
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