Provin­cial cap­i­tal sub­way ready to roll

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By ZHOU HUIY­ING in Harbin zhouhuiy­ing@chi­

Harbin’s Sub­way Line 1 be­gan pas­sen­ger- free test op­er­a­tions in prepa­ra­tion for the of­fi­cial trial run, which is sched­uled for Septem­ber.

The trial is the cul­mi­na­tion of five years of con­struc­tion work and the city’s long-held dream of build­ing a sub­way, which was first con­tem­plated as early as the 1970s, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia.

The Harbin sub­way will have a top speed of 35 kilo­me­ters per hour, mak­ing it much faster than met­ros in many other cities across the coun­try.

Con­struc­tion on the Harbin sub­way net­work be­gan in late Septem­ber 2008 and it was de­signed to con­form to the stan­dards of Bei­jing Sub­way Line 1.

Ac­cord­ing to the city’s plan, the net­work will ul­ti­mately con­sist of 10 lines, with a com­bined to­tal of 340 kilo­me­ters of track.

The 17.48-km Line 1 runs from Harbin South Sta­tion to Harbin West Sta­tion. It has a to­tal of 18 stops as well as 110 ex­its and ven­ti­la­tion fa­cil­i­ties.

All the stops along Line 1 have a dif­fer­ent vis­ual theme to make them more dis­tin­guish­able and high­light var­i­ous fea­tures of exit lo­cales as well. At the stops, tem­per­a­ture will re­main be­tween 18 C and 20 C in sum­mer and higher than 10 C in win­ter.

The car­riage body is 10 me­ters long, 2.8 me­ters wide and 3.8 me­ters high.

Ev­ery train com­prises six rail­cars, with 240 seats in to­tal, and each train can hold a max­i­mum of 1,866 pas­sen­gers.

The in­te­rior of the trains fea­tures mod­ern or­ange chairs and white walls and ev­ery car is equipped with LCD mon­i­tors.

The ex­te­rior of the trains is painted with snowflakes in ice blue, a pat­tern that rep­re­sents Harbin’s fa­mous win­ter scenery.

Harbin’s sub­way has won In­dus­trial De­sign Award of Verein Deutscher In­ge­nieure in Ger­many, which is also known as the No­bel Prize of in­dus­trial de­signs.

The uni­forms for the Harbin sub­way staff were made with user- friendly de­signs af­ter re­search on uni­forms in other cities.

Once the metro is of­fi­cially launched, trains will ar­rive ev­ery 10 min­utes ini­tially, and the in­ter­vals will be ad­justed to fit the traf­fic sit­u­a­tion later. Dong Wenya con­trib­uted to this story.

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