Beijing to gets bigger subway trains
CRRC Changchun Railway Vehicles Co, one of three train makers in China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, has announced it will supply its new eight-car 8A subway trains with more carrying capacity to the Beijing Subway Line 16 in March next year.
Compared with trains currently operating in Beijing’s metro system with a maximum carrying capacity of 2,000 to 2,500 passengers, the eight-car subway train will transport up to 3,560 commuters at any time during peak periods.
The company said it has also shipped 176 units of its larger subway model to Hong Kong and 204 to Saudi Arabia since 2009 and 2011.
Wang Zhonghai, deputy head of the research and development department at CRRC Changchun’s engineering project research center, said the larger train was quite suitable for most-populated cities.
The 50-kilometer (31-mile) Beijing subway line 16 has 29 stations.