October 2011It so happened that almost immediately after arrival I got on the subway. All subsequent days I actively used this best public transport to get around the city. The pace of construction of Chongqing subway is amazing: in 2005 the first line was opened, in October 2011 it is the third one. Of the three branches, only one is the usual underground subway, the other two are monorail lines, besides on the second branch short wagonages of 4 cars are running. Most of the lines of the monorail run on the ground, but there are underground sections as well. The main advantage of the new line 3 is that it comes to the Northern Railway Station of Chongqing.
They plan to build a few more lines and extend the existing ones. For example, the new line 3 will be extended to the north to the airport and to the south to the district of Nan'an. On the bridge Caiyuanba across the Yangtze there is a deck on which the trains will run, in the district itself active construction is also in progress.
Line 1 will be greatly extended to the west; Ciqikou can be reached by subway. Overpass and some portion of the station building have already been built.
Funny enough, but Google Maps showed only one subway line when I arrived, two lines when I left, though since my arrival there were already 3.
But what is not funny at all is that why no such scale subway construction is going on in Russia, not even in Moscow.