Beijing’s First Ma­glev

China Pictorial (English) - - Express News -

Oc­to­ber 16, Beijing: Ma­glev trains in a garage. Beijing’s first medium-low speed ma­glev line is ex­pected to be­gin trial op­er­a­tions by the end of this year.

The 10.2-kilo­me­ter S1 line will con­nect the western sub­ur­ban dis­tricts of Men­tougou and Shi­jing­shan, greatly eas­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion on roads con­nect­ing the two dis­tricts and the city proper. Eight sta­tions have been built, with a max­i­mum de­signed train speed of 100 kilo­me­ters per hour, said Wang Ping, gen­eral man­ager of Beijing Ma­glev Cor­po­ra­tion. The line is ex­pected to trans­port 160,000 peo­ple ev­ery day, with a ca­pac­ity of around 1,000 pas­sen­gers per six-car train.

China’s first medium-low speed ma­glev line started op­er­a­tion in May 2016 in Chang­sha, Hu­nan Prov­ince, mak­ing China one of the first coun­tries to mas­ter the tech­nol­ogy.

By Zhang Chen­lin/xin­huaen­lin/xin­hua

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