First fully automated metro line in Shanghai is now in operation

Posted: 4 April 2018 | | No comments yet

The new metro line is expected to update the Shanghai transportation network, offering more frequent and reliable services…

Shanghai Keolis, a joint venture between the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. and Keolis Group, has begun operation of the Pujiang metro line, Shanghai’s first fully automated metro line.

The seven-year operation and maintenance contract was awarded to Shanghai Keolis two years ago. Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. holds a 51 per cent share, with Keolis Group owning 49 per cent.

The line comprises 6.7km of double track and six elevated stations. The new line is a driverless rubber-tyre Automated People Mover (APM) system. Designed to serve residents in the district of Minhang, the line runs along the Sanlu Highway from Huizhen Road Station to Shendu Highway Station.

Bernard Tabary, International CEO at Keolis, said: “We are very pleased to open the Pujiang metro line. This project is the culmination of strong collaboration with our partner Shanghai Shentong Metro Group. Together, we are able to provide a reliable, efficient and comfortable mode of transport to Shanghai residents and visitors, while taking into account local market conditions. This milestone reinforces our expertise in operating automated metro systems and our presence in China to better address the increase demand for shared mobility.”

Shanghai metro

The APM system includes short distances between stations, a small turning radius, a lightweight design, reduced noise and fast acceleration and deceleration. The metro line is overseen by an integrated control centre which operates and monitors the trains and stations. Also featured is an advanced signalling system allowing the trains to operate autonomously, every three minutes and 20 seconds during peak hours and every six minutes during weekends.

Since its creation, Shanghai Keolis has been awarded two automated metro projects, the other is the new Automated Rapid Transit Transport System for Shanghai Pudong International Airport, scheduled for 2019.