Ladies and gentleman, it is our proud honor to introduce the newest member of Dongguan’s public transportation network. The proud parent, Dongguan Rail Transit Company, after a somewhat stalled pregnancy, is expecting a baby metro line to be born in May, 2016 at 37 and three-quarters. Of those kilometers, about 34 will be underground, which leaves just three and a half kilometers of tousled hair elevated above ground.
R2 Line is named after its great-great-grandfather, Rail 2 (for sake of the metaphor). A baby shower will be held by the end of the year as select residents are allowed to ride on no load trials scheduled for three months before opening.
Tracking from Shilong to Humen, the 15 stops will have at least one convenience store, some will be better endowed. But if you can’t wait till birth to learn its—uh, gender?—send over a thick hongbao of pink colored appreciation. Not fair? OK, we’ll tell you what we know.
The Shenzhen based Q-Mark stores are first in line to open stores, followed by SPAR and Guangdong Shanghao stores. We can also say that each stop will have two ATMs, one from the Bank of Dongguan and the other is DRC. Of course, all of this is susceptible to the whims of the parents. We live in an amazing time of technological wonders after all.
Now you’re asking, “What’s this birth going to cost me?” We’re glad you asked. Two plans have been devised, both more devious than the other. Wait. That doesn’t seem possible. Anyway, with slight differences in section prices, tokens will start at RMB 2 or 3 and go as high as 8 for longer rides.