Suzhou Railway Transit, also named officially Suzhou Metros, was opened in 2012. From then on, Suzhou walks into the eras of metros, and also becomes the first prefecture-level city of China possessing the metro system. Its Metro Line 1 was opened on April 28, 2012. Suzhou is the 10th city, next to Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian and Shenzhen, equipped with the metros.
Subway Line 1, the first line of metro system in Suzhou, follows an east-west route with a total length of 25.739 kilometers. It starts from Wuzhong District Mudu Station and the terminal is Zhongnan Street Station in the Industrial Zone and contains altogether 24 underground stations.
The metro ticket prices range from 2 to 6 yuan (95 US cents) depending on the distance. In accordance with the price form released by government, the price starts at 2 yuan for 6 kilometers; from 6 to 16 kilometers the price is 1 yuan added for each 5 kilometers; from 16 to 30 kilometers it is 1 yuan for each seven kilometers; above 30 kilometers it is 1 yuan for each 9 kilometers. Special groups of people can enjoy beneficial policies on ticket prices. For example, disabled persons, the blind and students within the compulsory education age can take the metro trains for free. Aged passengers over 70 can take trains for free except during rush hours (7am to 9am, 5pm to 7pm). Furthermore, all the passengers who take Suzhou Traffic Cards, Educational E-Cards and Citizen Cards can enjoy a 5-percent discount in price.
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