Beijing's Subway System Branches Out
   2013-01-04 15:10:29    China Daily      Web Editor: Fu Yu

Including a new line and extensions to lines, Beijing boasts a subway network of 15 lines, covering 11 districts, with 221 stations and 442 km of track. [Photo: China Daily]

Unprecedented construction of Beijing's gigantic underground transit network is expected to alleviate traffic problems that have been haunting the metropolis for decades.

The Beijing Subway has seen unprecedented construction in recent years, greatly easing traffic congestion in the Chinese capital.

Including a new line and extensions to lines, the city boasts a network of 15 lines, covering 11 districts, with 221 stations and 442 km of track.

Wang Renqiang, a leading project official of the subway's Line 6 project department of the China Railway Tunnel Group, said once everything is operational, the updated network will make it easier for people to get around and provide relief to transport services on the ground.

The Beijing Subway is the busiest on the Chinese mainland in terms of passenger volume, and the largest in terms of operational length.

It is estimated the total operational length of the Beijing system will reach 1,050 km by the end of 2020, with 30 lines and some 450 stations, according to the Beijing government.

The four new services, which started operating on Dec 30, are Line 6, which connects the east and west of the capital; an extension to Line 10, which will form the capital's second loop line once finished; an extension to Line 8, which connects the city center and northern suburbs; and an extension to Line 9 to serve Beijing West Railway Station.

Line 6 will eventually be 52 km long and boast 32 stations, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport. This involves three phases, with the entire route becoming operational by the end of 2015.

The first phase is 30.4 km long, with 20 underground stations, while the second will cover another 12.4 km, with seven stations.

According to the commission, the government has so far invested about 18.4 billion yuan ($3 billion) in Line 6, with some 16.6 billion yuan going into the first phase.

The first phase runs from Wuluju in Haidian district in the west of the capital to Caofang in Chaoyang district in the east. Trains can accommodate 1,960 passengers on a single trip, more than can be carried on a single trip on any of the capital's other subway lines.

It is also the fastest line on the system, with trains running at a maximum speed of 100 kph, compared to the current highest speed of 80 kph. Trains will take 48 minutes to travel the whole line.

One of the reasons for the speed is that stations are far apart, with the longest distance between two consecutive stations being four km.

In addition to its capacity and speed, Line 6 also features the deepest station on the system, with the connection to Dongsi Station on Line 5 being 34 meters underground.

The city's subway system is under considerable pressure, with serious overcrowding during rush hours, partly because of the ticket price of just 2 yuan (31 cents) regardless of the length of journey.

1  2  
Share

               


CRIENGLISH.com claims the copyright of all material and information produced originally by our staff. No person, organization and/or company shall reproduce, disseminate or broadcast the content in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of CRIENGLISH.com.

CRIENGLISH.com holds neither liability nor responsibility for materials attributed to any other source. Such information is provided as reportage and dissemination of information but does not necessarily reflect the opinion of or endorsement by CRI.

 
Listen
 
 

 
 
Highlights
Media Scan
Seven Sentenced to Death for Drug Smuggling
A court in Shandong has sentenced seven people to death for drug smuggling; three others have been given death with a 2-year reprieve.
Survey Shows Excessive Intake of Aluminum
Residents of northern China and those under the age of 14 may be ingesting more aluminum than healthy.
CHINATALKS
Video
• C4: Bad Boys
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
• C4: World Cup Fever
Join us for the latest episode of CRI's hilarious comedy news show.
In Depth

News
China
World
Politics
Business
Sports
Showbiz
Sci-tech
Photo
Recommended
China
World
Sports
Showbiz
Travel
Video
C4
The Sound Stage
Showbiz
Travel
China Revealed
My Chinese Life
Travel
Destinations
Photo Gallery
Recommended
Learn Chinese
"In" Chinese
Chatting in Chinese
Pop Culture
Traditional Culture
Living Chinese
Chinese Studio
Chinese Class
Learn English
Special English
Pop Chart
Everyday English
Fabulous Snaps
CRI News
China.org.cn  | Xinhua  | People's Daily Online   |  CNTV.cn  | China Daily  |  Global Times  | China Job  |  China Tibet Online  | Taiwan.cn  | eBeijing  | Beijing Today  | China-Eurasia Expo  | APEC Yiwu Conference  | Chinese Embassy in S.Africa  | Chinese Embassy in Australia  | Chinese Embassy in NZ