This Day, That Year

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO -

Item­fromAug8,1998,in Chi­naDaily:Shang­hai’s long-await­edel­e­vated rail­way,the­coun­try’sfirst, re­ceivedap­proval­fromthe StateCoun­cil,China’s Cab­i­net.

The25k­ilo­me­ter­rail­way, at­a­costof$1bil­lion,start­sat Cao­he­jing­inXuhuidis­trict an­dend­satJiang­wan­town in­Hongk­oud­is­trictwith19 stop­son­the­way.

Since the first el­e­vated rail­way in Shang­hai started op­er­a­tion in De­cem­ber 2000, pub­lic trans­porta­tion net­works have seen ac­cel­er­ated con­struc­tion in big ci­ties to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion.

China plans to com­plete more than 2,500 kilo­me­ters of its rail net­work in ma­jor ci­ties dur­ing the 13th FiveYear Plan (2016-20), at an es­ti­mated cost of 1 tril­lion yuan ($149 bil­lion).

Shang­hai au­thor­i­ties plan to ex­tend the sub­way net­work to 830 km by 2020 — more than the dis­tance from New York to Chicago.

How­ever, metro con­struc­tion is not enough. Chi­nese engi­neers are look­ing for new ways to ease traf­fic jams.

Last month, a pro­to­type of a mounted mono­rail train was un­veiled in Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince. Man­u­fac­tured by CRRC Qing­dao Si­fang, the train is de­signed with a max­i­mum op­er­at­ing speed of 70 km per hour, the fastest of its kind in China.

Driven by a high-ef­fi­ciency mag­net mo­tor, the ex­per­i­men­tal train runs along an over­head mono­rail.

The com­pany in Qing­dao is un­der­tak­ing China’s first over­head mono­rail project in Hancheng, Shaanxi prov­ince. The con­struc­tion of the line, which is de­signed to stretch 55 km, be­gan in Novem­ber.

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