Metro lines 16 and 12 open on the 29th of December last year. With the opening of metro lines, Shanghai now has the most extensive subway system in the world, local media reported.
The city’s subway system has more than 567 kilometers of track and 331 stations, according to Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the city’s subway operator. However, just because Shanghai has the world’s longest network of metro lines doesn’t mean it’s a leader in the development of urban transportation, said Sun Zhang, a professor at the Institute of Railway and Urban Mass Transit at Tongji University.
Sun suggested that the city would be better off with more types of public transportation, such as rail lines, especially outside the city center. Tokyo’s subway system has 290 kilometers of metro lines downtown and more than 1,846 kilometers of railway lines in the suburbs, according to a report in the Oriental Morning Post. New York has 370 kilometers of metro lines downtown, but there are 3,630 kilometers of railway lines in the suburbs.
Shanghai’s two new lines currently have 26 stations under operation. Shanghai has plans to further extend the metro system. Construction of the third phase of metro Line 13, which runs from Middle Huaxia Road Station to Zhangjiang Road Station, will begin next year.