Guangzhou Metro Corporation disclosed to the public the specific dates of opening the six new metro lines serving the Asian Games on September 16.
Metro Line 2 will be suspended from September 22 to 24 for a joint testing with Metro Line 8 after route dissembling. On September 25, the new Metro Line 2 (from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Jiahewanggang Station) and Metro Line 8 (from Wanshengwei to Changgang Station) will open to the public. On the same day, Metro Line 4 will be put into operation. On October 30, the extended north line of Metro Line 3 (from Tiyu Xi Station to Airport South Station) will begin its trial operation. At the beginning of November, Zhujiang New Town Passenger Automatic Transport System (from Chigang Tower Station to Linhe Xi Station) and Guangzhou-Foshan Line (from Xilang Station to Kuiqilu Station) will begin their trial operations.
When all the above metro lines are put into operation, Guangzhou's rail transport network will be 71 kilometres longer, (85 kilometres if Foshan section of Guangzhou-Foshan Line is included), as a result of three new lines and three new extended lines. Together with Metro Line 1 to 5 which are already in operation, a metro network with a total length of 236 kilometres will cover 80 per cent of venues of the Asian Games and all airports and railway stations in Guangzhou.