Main construction on Kunming Metro Line 3 finished

Kunming Rail Track Corporation said on October 29, parts of construction on Line 3 of Kunming Metro, between Shizui and Liangjiahe has been completed. Over 90 percent of construction on the overground section between Taiping Village and the East Bus Station is completed.

The 19.1km-long Line 3 will run from run from Shizui to the East Bus Station. It includes 17 underground stations and is expected to be opened by the end of 2014.

Kunming Metro is a rapid transit system under construction in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province.

The development of a rail transit system in Kunming, which has long been affected by traffic congestion, has been planned since the late 1990s. The project was announced in 2009, with construction beginning later that year. The first line of the metro (line 6) was opened in June 2012.

The Kunming Metro will improve transportation in Kunming city center and act as the backbone of north-south transport routes. Once fully operational, Kunming Metro will carry 3.7 million passengers a day, which is 1.6 times that of the city's current public transport. (Editors: Ryan Li, Lynn)

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