Beijing, capital of the People's Republic of China, has opened its second rapid transit line, a loop subway around the central business district. This supplements the earlier East-West line to produce a total of 40 route km. All Beijing construction has been cut-and-cover subway with concrete slab track and 750-volt third rail power supply. Headways are 1.5 minutes. A fleet of 158 cars is used, with the latest euipment for Line 2 being chopper-equipped. A small group of Japanese-built cars will soon join the present fleet, all of which had been built in China. Two additional lines are now planned. Tianjin is the only other Chinese city to have rapid transit, an 8-km line which was also built cut-and-cover. Shanghai has planned a 13.5 km route which is now the subject of a feasibility study. Rapid transit construction is complicated by the narrow streets, contrasted with the wide boulevards which exist in Beijing.

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  • Accession Number: 00451137
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM