Beijing’s First Maglev
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.