Shang­hai’s metro line wins award

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

The city gov­ern­ment and its rail tran­sit ex­perts re­ceived an af­fir­ma­tion for their in­no­va­tion ef­forts when Shang­hai’s metro line 10 was awarded with the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers (FIDIC) Award of Merit ear­lier in Septem­ber. The pres­ti­gious awards are con­sid­ered to be the No­bel Prize for in­ter­na­tional engi­neer­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion of the fully au­to­matic driv­ing sys­tem, a first in China’s rail tran­sit history, is said to be one of the main rea­sons be­hind the win.

In 2014, Line 10, boosted by its au­to­matic driver­less op­er­a­tion sys­tem, boasted a punc­tu­al­ity rate of 99.97 per­cent and the low­est rate of fail­ure and de­lay amongst all the other metro lines in Shang­hai.

Mea­sur­ing 36.2 kilo­me­ters across 31 un­der­ground sta­tions, the Phase I project of Line 10 started ser­vice in April 2010. Link­ing the city’s south­west and north­east ar­eas, the first phase ran from New Jiang­wan Town to Longxi Road, and it was ex­tended to Hongqiao Rail­way Sta­tion and Hangzhong Road.

The sec­ond phase of Line 10 will see ex­ten­sions north­ward from New Jiang­wan Town to Ji­long Road in Pudong New Area, re­ported xin­huanet.com.

Over the last two decades, Shang­hai has de­vel­oped a gi­ant un­der­ground net­work of 339 sta­tions and 15 lines span­ning a to­tal length of 577 kilo­me­ters. As the world’s largest metro net­work, it recorded 8.09 mil­lion pas­sen­ger trips on a daily ba­sis in the first half of 2015.

The to­tal length of the sub­way net­work will be ex­panded to 1,000 kilo­me­ters by 2025, and the wait­ing time for trains at Shang­hai’s ma­jor metro line sta­tions will be short­ened to two min­utes in the next five years, Gu Weihua, pres­i­dent of Shang­hai Shen­tong Metro Group Co Ltd was quoted as say­ing by east­day.com.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

The to­tal length of the sub­way net­work in Shang­hai will be ex­panded to 1,000 kilo­me­ters by 2025.

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