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Line 2A, Hanoi Metro

Cát Linh Line
Line 2A: Cát Linh-Hà Đông
Native nameTuyến Cát Linh (số 2A Cát Linh - Hà Đông)
TypeRapid transit
SystemHanoi Metro
StatusPilot run
TerminiCát Linh
Yên Nghĩa
Ridership28,500 passengers/hour/direction, estimated
Line number 2A
Planned openingFebruary 2019
OwnerVietnam Railways
Operator(s)Vietnam Tokyo Metro (VTM)
Depot(s)Phú Lương Depot
Rolling stock13 4-carriage trains (52 carriages)
79 m long, 3.8 m high, 2.8 m wide
Line length13.1 km (8.1 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationThird rail
Operating speed80 km/hour maximum

Line 2A, Hanoi Metro (Cát Linh - Hà Đông), also known as Cát Linh Line, is an elevated mass transit railway line under construction in the Hanoi Metro network. The 13.1-km line, invested by Ministry of Transport (MoT), was started on October 2011 and is completed at the fourth quarter of 2018. The operational test have been finished on 30 December 2018, is expected to open commercial operations before the Lunar New Year (Tết) holiday starting February 2, 2019.[1][2]

It start at Cat Linh in Dong Da District, pass through Thuong Dinh in Thanh Xuân District and ends at Yen Nghia in Ha Dong District, consists of 12 stations. It will be the first rapid transit line to be operate in Hanoi, meanwhile in Vietnam.

The line is the third in the metro plan of Hanoi, and the second of out of 8 lines to be proposed after the Yen Vien - Ngoc Hoi. Its budget is from Chinese ODA, signed in 2008.


The stations are built and designed with the concept of station variety. Each station has a distinct color, in which La Khe, the sample station, is light green. All stations have curvy roofs, suitable for hot, humid and rainy climate of Vietnam and consistent with the southeast Asian architecture. The roofs are covered with light-absorbing, wind-protection and radiation-proof materials. Especially Cat Linh Station is specially designed with modern and neighborhood-multifunctional style.

Inside the stations is modern equipment system such as lifts, escalators, stairways, security cameras, people-with-disabilities supporting device, automatic fare collection system, ventilation system, Emergency exits are designed according to international standards to ensure maximum safety for passengers.

Station Name
Station Name
Transfers Location
1 Cat Linh Cát Linh  V  Hanoi BRT BRT Hanoi Đống Đa District
2 La Thanh La Thành
3 Thai Ha Thái Hà
4 Lang Láng
5 Thuong Dinh Thượng Đình  H  Thanh Xuân District
6 Ring Road 3 Vành Đai 3
7 Phung Khoang Phùng Khoang Hà Đông District
8 Van Quan Văn Quán
9 Ha Dong Hà Đông
10 La Khe La Khê Hanoi BRT BRT
11 Van Khe Văn Khê Hanoi BRT BRT
12 Yen Nghia Yên Nghĩa Yen Nghia Bus Station

Trains design

La Khe Station

Metro line 2A Cat Linh - Ha Dong includes 13 high-technology trains.[3] The trains are run by electricity, which is supplied from the third rail, to ensure safety, stability and urban landscape. The train is two-way cockpit and conversible at both ends. The average length is about 20m with 4 exit doors/side for a carriage. Its capacity is about 1,000 passengers maximum, which is about 6 passengers/m².

The railway is 1,435mm standard, uses on-stream welding technology to ensure high speed, noise protection, vibration, anti-derailment.

Especially, the train has automatic controlling system to automatically stop in train in case of excessive speed, thus safety is maintained. Signal information systems using the most modern technology in the world, able to meet the flexible requirements of organizations train operators, to ensure safety and accuracy. The CBTC - Communication Based Train Control" technology helps shorten intervals between trains. It is being applied to the most modern metro systems in Europe and the world.


The Government of Vietnam spends $133.86 million on this project and Chinese ODA is $419 million.

The condition of the ODA is that all contractors providing consultancy, construction or materials are from the donor.

Depot area

Depot area is located in Phu Luong, Ha Dong District with an area of 19.6 hectares, including main items: Operation Control Center OCC, mtrain parking and maintenance areas, operational building, training area and storage room.

The OCC is responsible for monitoring, supervising and controlling the entire system, ensuring smooth operation and safety. It runs 24/7.


Metro line 2A Cat Linh - Ha Dong is designed to assure connectivity with the other lines in the future and the bus stops along the line in order to allow the public to easily select a route and the appropriate modes of transportation.

  • Along the line: connected with BRT 01 at Yen Nghia, Van Khe, La Khe va Cat Linh stations.
  • Cat Linh Station: linked with the metro line 3, Nhon - Hanoi Station section.
  • Thuong Dinh Station: linked with the metro line 2, Nam Thang Long - Thuong Dinh section.
  • Yen Nghia Station: connected with Yen Nghia bus station (in the southwest of the city).
  • In the future, line 2A will be connected with line 4 (Lien Ha - North Thang Long) and line 8 (Co Nhue - Chau Quy).

See also


  1. ^ Đoàn Loan (2017-12-11). "Đường sắt Cát Linh - Hà Đông có thể chậm tiến độ thêm 11 tháng". (in Vietnamese). Hà Nội: Bộ Khoa học Công nghệ. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  2. ^ "Four major transport projects on track for completion next year". Hà Nội: VN Express. 2018-12-26. Text "vn express" ignored (help)
  3. ^ "13 trains of metro line 2A Cat Linh - Ha Dong".

External links

Media related to Hanoi Metro at Wikimedia Commons