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19 August 2013 Seoul revises major LRT city-linking project
The Seoul city government has announced a plan to build a nine-line KRW8.55trn (approx. EUR5.77bn) LRT system over the next decade to restructure the South Korean capital’s transport and promote mass transit in the growing megacity.
Under the plan, a revision of the city’s LRT plan from 2008, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will create the 85km (52.8-mile) network of nine lines to connect suburban areas and form links with the city’s increasingly congested downtown area.
City officials believe the project is economically viable, expecting 10 000 passengers/day on the new system, and increasing city public transport coverage from 64% to 75%.
A detailed report is due to be submitted to central government in September, following the conclusion of further environmental and sustainability studies.