Beijing starts trial runs for new sub­way lines

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

Trial op­er­a­tions have started for four new sub­way lines in the cap­i­tal city, the lat­est ef­fort to ease traf­fic jams.

The new lines have in­creased the to­tal sub­way length of Beijing to 527 kilo­me­ters (327 miles).

The new lines are more pas­sen­ger friendly, said Xu Chengy­ong, who is in charge of Beijing sub­way con­struc­tion with the Beijing Ur­ban Con­struc­tion De­sign & De­vel­op­ment Group. Xu said the new lines will pro­vide more con­ve­nient trans­fer chan­nels and room for pas­sen­gers.

The city’s sub­way sys­tem car­ries ap­prox­i­mately 10 mil­lion pas­sen­gers daily on work­days. By 2015, the num­ber of sub­way lines in Beijing will reach 19. By 2020, the to­tal sub­way length is ex­pected to have in­creased to 1,000 km.

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