A bus running from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. starts service tonight.
Plans have been underway for night-bus service since June of this year. The proposal was met with controversy, with critics saying that nighttime bus service for bar and club-goers was "completely unnecessary" and that other transportation improvements should take priority.
Despite the naysaying, bus line No. 298 will run seven nights a week and make over 40 stops, most of them along the route of Metro Line 1. The route heads south from the North Train Station to Renmin Bei Lu, Wenshu Yuan, Renmin Zhong Lu, Luomashi, Yanshikou, Bingjiang Lu, Huaxiba, and Renmin Nan Lu before heading east to Moziqiao, Zhanglingsi, Kehua Zhong Lu, South Train Station, Yizhou Dadao, Fucheng Dadao, Gaoxin, Tianfu Dadao, and so on, until it reaches the New Exhibition Center.
Bus 298 northbound departure times from New Exhibition Center:
22:00, 22:20, 22:40, 23:00, 23:20, 23:40, 0:00, 0:30,1:00,1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:00, 5:10, 5:20, 5:30
Bus 298 southbound departure times from North Train Station:
23:00, 23:20, 23:40, 0:00, 0:20, 0:40, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, 6:00, 6:10, 6:20, 6:30
The Chengdu Public Transportation Group announced its intentions to add additional overnight bus routes along the First Ring Road, Second Ring Road, and other major roadways, depending on the outcome of this line.
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