Seoul Light Rapid Transit

The capital city of Seoul in South Korea plans to build up to seven new light metro, or light rapid transit (LRT) lines by 2017.[1] They would be connected to the Seoul Metropolitan Subway giving access to several hundred subway stations. As opposed to traditional subway lines, LRT lines have a lower capacity and speed and generally run above ground.


EverLine is a single-car light metro line[2][Note 1] that branches off the southern side of the Bundang Line and runs east into Yongin ending at the theme park Everland.[3] Construction finished in 2009 and the line opened in 2013.


By December 2016, Seoul City plans to open a 11.4 km (7.1 mi) light subway line (Ui LRT) from Ui-dong to Sinseol-dong in northeastern Seoul. The line is expected to carry 110,000 passengers a day and will have 13 stations. It will connect to Line 4 at Sungshin Women's University, Line 6 at Bomun and Line 1 & 2 at Sinseol Dong.[4]

U Line

Uijeongbu City in Gyeonggi-do has built a 15-station light rail line, the U Line,[5] connecting various parts of Uijeongbu with Seoul Subway Line 1 at Hoeryong Station. Despite the physical link, no free transfers exist between the two systems and as such it is not included on most subway maps in Seoul. It opened July 1, 2012.

Yeongjong Island

Although still in the early stages, there are plans to build up to seven LRT lines on Yeongjong Island as part of the IFEZ development program.[6]

Myeonmokseon LRT

Myeonmokseon LRT (면목선 경전철) is a planned 12 station 9.05 km line from Cheongnyangni Station to the future Sinnae Station. Customers will be able to transfer to Seoul Subway Lines 1, 6, 7, and the Gyeongchun Line. Cost is estimated at 855.9 billion Won. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2013 ending in 2018.[7][8]


  1. This line operates in a manner consistent with a people mover system.


  1. Shin, Tom (September 2007). "Light Rail Transit Projects in Korea: Case Study of Two International Projects". Lee & Ko (World Services Group). Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  2. "Guest Post: Trying out South Korea's new Light Metro line". 11 July 2013. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  3. Future Railroad DataBase (in Korean). Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. Seoul metro gov't Archived March 16, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "Uijeongbu Light Rail Transit, South Korea". Retrieved 2014-02-22.
  6. IFEZ page
  7. Lee, Jinchol (10 July 2011). 청량리-신내역 면목선 경전철 민자사업 본격화. E Daily Jonghab News (in Korean). Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  8. Kim, Gyeongtaek (11 July 2011). 청량리~신내역 경전철 면목선 2013년 착공. Kukmin Ilbo Kuki News (in Korean). Retrieved 2 September 2011.
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