Beijing to increase rail transit lines to more than 1,500 kilometers
The total track length of Beijing's rail transit network will exceed 1,500 kilometers, Chinanews.com reported on Aug. 7.
Beijing plans to increase the number of rail transit lines to 35. This will include 21 subways, seven regional rapid rails, five medium-to-small-capacity rails, and two airport express trails. In 2017, the city will push for the construction of 20 central subway lines and sections, stretching some 350 kilometers. Two additional lines and sections will start construction, and 34.6 kilometers will be put into operation.
Beijing was China's first city to have a subway. It has the largest number of rail transit lines and the largest passenger flow among all cities across the country. China's State Council Information Office released a whitepaper in December 2016, stating that the country will speed up construction of rail transit lines in urban areas with a population of more than three million during the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020), adding 3,000 kilometers of lines in operation.
By the end of 2016, there were 128 rail transit lines operating in 29 Chinese mainland cities, reaching a total length of 3,832 kilometers. Eleven more cities are building urban rail transit systems and another 17 cities have plans.[ Editor: Wang Peiyao ]