An industry source in this Metrofans thread reveals that internal estimates for the opening date of Metro Line 8 (M8) have moved up to October 31st from the previous estimate of December 28.
Line 8 is a north-south line with all but two stops in Puxi. The stops are expected to be named as follows:
▸ Shiguang Rd (northern terminal station), Nenjiang Rd, Xiangyan Rd, Huangxing Park, Yanji Middle Rd, Jiangpu Rd, Anshan New Estate, Siping Rd, Quyang Rd, Hongkou Football Stadium, Tibet North Rd, Zhongxing Rd, Qufu Rd, People’s Square, Great World, Lao Ximen, Lujiabang Rd, Tibet South Rd, Zhoujiadu, Yaohua Rd (acting southern terminal station)
When the blue line opens it will start with 15 trains in operation and trains will arrive 10-15 minutes apart, similar to Line 4’s schedule.
Notable about Line 8 is that it completes what will be a triangle interchange at People’s Square between Lines 1, 2 and 8, long in the planning; the Zhoujiadu stop will be an entry point for the World Expo site; and a southern extension that goes further into Pudong is planned to open at a later date. Line 8 has also been central to the advertising campaigns of many residential apartment complexes being built in Shanghai’s late-to-develop Yangpu District, and finally puts a metro line through the populous but hard-to-access old city in the Huangpu district.
Line 8 is one of three new metro lines slated to open this year, along with Lines 6 and 9. See this map for an idea of how all the lines will be laid out.
This post was cross-posted at the Shanghai Public Transportation weblog.