Beijing welcome significant expansion of their urban rail network
A maglev line, a tram line and their first driverless metro line were opened in Beijing. An existing metro line was also extended…
The 14.4km Yanfang Line is now the first driverless metro line in Beijing. The nine-station route operates with onboard attendants on a fleet of four-car Type B Dolphin transits. Supplied by CRRC Changchun the stainless-steel-bodied sets have a maximum speed of 80km/h.
Overall, there has been at least 6.9km of extension across the metro lines, with still more to be completed. For example, a 1.6km extension to Pingguoyuan on metro Line 1 is due to open in 2019: demonstrating Beijing’s dedication to updating their public transportation systems and commitment to improving the passenger experience.
On the same day as the driverless metro opened, the city’s first medium-speed maglev line began revenue service. Named the Mentougou Line, or Line S1, the route includes a short underground section where it crosses the Beijing-Shacheng railway, serves seven stations and with 10 six-car trainsets from CRRC Tangshan the maglev has a maximum speed of 110km/h.
Into the city’s transportation system, modern trams were also added onto an 8.6km line that serves six stops between Bagou and Xiangshan Park: the northwest of the city.
The fleet of 31 five-section 100 per cent low-floor bidirectional trams were supplied by CRRC Dalian. 4.4km of the route is catenary-free and in this section the trams will utilise the Tramwave ground-level power supply. Able to run in pairs the trams have a capacity of 300 passengers and a maximum speed of 70km/h.
Beijing is making a conscious effort to keep their transportation options modern and efficient; taking steps towards a cleaner and more enjoyable public transport system.