Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System

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APM line
Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center Station Platform.JPG
TypePeople mover
SystemGuangzhou Metro
LocaleHaizhu and Tianhe districts
Guangzhou, Guangdong
TerminiCanton Tower
Opened8 November 2010
OwnerCity of Guangzhou
Operator(s)Guangzhou Metro Corporation
Line length3.9 km (2.42 mi)
Number of tracks2
Track gaugerubber tyres
ElectrificationThird rails, 650 V Three-phase AC
Route map
 3  to Airport South
 3  to Tianhe Coach Terminal
Tianhe Sports
Center South
Huangpu Dadao
Guangzhou Women and
Children's Medical Center
Huacheng Dadao
Guangzhou Opera House
Canton Tower
Canton Tower
Stabling Yard
 3  to Panyu Square
Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System
Simplified Chinese珠江新城旅客自动输送系统
Traditional Chinese珠江新城旅客自動輸送系統

Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System (Chinese: 珠江新城旅客自动输送系统), or APM line, is an automated people mover (APM) system mainly serving the Zhujiang New Town area in Guangzhou, the new CBD of the city. It is an underground and automatic operating system. In terms of construction cost per kilometre, it is the most expensive people mover system in the world, yet it is the shortest and least used line in the Guangzhou Metro network. The whole line began service before the Asian Games on 8 November 2010 with the exception of Haixinsha and Canton Tower. This was due to the two stations being located close to the opening and closing ceremony venue.

Opening timeline[edit]

Segment Commencement Length Station(s) Name
Canton Tower — Linhexi 8 November 2010 4.0 km (2.49 mi) 8 (initial phase)
Haixinsha 24 February 2011 Infill station 1

Lengths and stations[edit]

The entire track of the Zhujiang New Town APM, with a length of 3.49 km (2.17 mi) and all nine stations are laid underground,[1] making it the first all underground urban people mover in the world. The shortest distance between two stations is 315 metres with an average of the entire line approximating 473 metres.


Station name Connections Distance
English Chinese
APM 01 Canton Tower 广州塔  3  Guangzhou Trams  THZ1  0.00 0.00 Haizhu
APM 02 Haixinsha 海心沙 0.69 0.69 Tianhe
APM 03 Guangzhou Opera House 大剧院 0.47 1.16
APM 04 Huacheng Dadao 花城大道 0.39 1.55
APM 05 Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center 妇儿中心 0.38 1.93
APM 06 Huangpu Dadao 黄埔大道 0.49 2.42
APM 07 Tianhenan 天河南 0.51 2.93
APM 08 Tianhe Sports Center South 体育中心南 0.32 3.25
APM 09 Linhexi 林和西  3  0.65 3.90

Operating hours[edit]

The system was designed to provide service from 6:00 to 24:00 every day, and may run extra hours on special occasions, such as weekends, holidays or when major events are being held. But due to the low demand, trains operated from 8:00 to 20:00 when the line first opened. The service hours have since been gradually extended and from 4 October 2014 trains have been operating between 7:00 and 23:30.

Rolling stock[edit]

The APM uses 14 Bombardier Transportation's APM 100 cars built in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2]