The first Hangzhou Metro line opened officially on November 24, 2012 with a total length of 48 kilometers. Metro Line 1 is built in a "Y" shape with 31 stops. It takes less than 70 minutes to transport passengers from the southern to the northern part of Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. The Metro trains make 100 round-trips a day, and the capacity is 287,000 passengers per day. Fares range from 2 yuan (32 US cents) to 8 yuan. The trains run from 6:30am to 8:30pm at first, with the interval between trains at about 9.5 minutes. The Construction of the Metro line started in 2007, with a cost of about 22 billion yuan. The line was expected to open in 2011, but difficulties of construction delayed the opening. Anyway, the new subway has shortened the city's morning and evening rush hours by about 20 minutes, especially at some busy traffic intersections in Binjiang, Xiaoshan, Linping and Xiasha.|
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Hangzhou Metro System by 2020
By 2020, Hangzhou is expected to have 10 Metro lines reaching urban and suburban areas. The city is also aiming to develop 60 million square meters of underground spaces, integrating parking lots, transit hubs, pedestrian tunnels, commercial areas, warehouses and air defense facilities. The city's Metro Line 1 was put into operation in November 24, 2011, the first line in a network that will cover downtown and sub-centers by the end of 2020 when the city will have 200 metro stations in downtown areas. The underground facilities will be given with a priority to build such as pedestrian tunnels and parking lots around public activity areas, large transportation hubs and other major public facilities.
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Tips for Metro Passengers
Hangzhou's Metro Line 1 connects Hangzhou Railway Station with West Lake, goes through downtown area including the central of downtown at Wulin Square Station, extends to the southern end of Xianghu Station, which is south of Qiantang River in Xiaoshan District.
From Hangzhou Railway Station to downtown Hangzhou, passengers get out of the railway station from underground passage and you will find Metro Line 1 station right there. With only two stations ride, you can arrive at West Lake by taking off at Longxiangqiao Station, and get out of exit B and C of the station, West Lake is only 300 meters away.
Passengers can buy tickets on automatic machines at metro stations, the ticket price ranges from two yuan (US$0.3) to eight yuan on the line.
Food and beverage, pets are not allowed to take on to the metro line. Each passenger can take a kid, under 1.3 meter tall, for free on to the metro. And for additional kids, passengers need to buy normal tickets for them.
The subway also increased the usage of public bicycles by 25 percent as people cycled between Metro stations and final destinations. There are 38 public bicycle rental stations next to Line 1 stations, and about 7,000 people rent the bikes each day.