Beijing starts trial runs for new subway lines
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.