2014 – Line 14 extension. 35.7 km, 24 stations. 2014 – Line 15 westward extension. 10.2 km, 7 stations. 2014 – Line 6 eastward extension. 12.4 km, 7 stations. 2014 – Line 7. New line, 23.9 km, 21 stations. 2014 – Yanfang line. Through service to line 16. New line, 15.2 km, 9 stations. 28 Dec 2013 – Line 8 extensions north and south. 13.2 km, 9 stations. 21 Dec 2013 – Line 9, new intermediate station Military Museum provides transfer to Line 1. 1 station. 5 May 2013 – Line 10 extension. 2.1 km, 2 stations. 5 May 2013 – Line 14. New line, 12.0 km, 6 stations.
Line 5 has a few interesting stations, the most striking one being Beiyuan North station. Line 15 consists of unique stations, all with elements in Chinese red. Line 4 has the most art in it, stations have frescos inspired by their surrounds. Line 6 stations are designed using grey bricks resembling the old buoldings and the Hutong district it passes. Line 10 stations under the CBD reflect the metal and modernity of skyscapers [globaltimes.cn].
Photo [beijing2008.cn]: Beiyuan North station from 2007, alledgedly resembling a silkworm pod.
US Bombardier ART family Members: Beijing (Airport Line), Detroit (people mover), Kuala Lumpur (Kelana Jaya Line), Miami (Metromover), New York (AirTrain JFK), Toronto (Scarborough RT), Vancouver (Expo Line, Millennium Line), Yongin (EverLine), Characteristics: Similar 'automated rapid transit' trains. Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur use LIM technology.
All trains (except Line 5, 8 and 10) have a loud ringing bell sound moments before the doors close. Older trains have a faint beep when the doors open and close. Newer trains have 1 or 2 beeps when the doors open and 1, 2 or 3 beeps as the doors close depending on the line. All announcements are in Mandarin and English: "Lieche qianfang de chezhan shi [name of station]. You zai [station] xiache de chengke, qing nin tiqian zuo hao zhunbei. [Station] jiu yao dao le." (Which means: The next station for this train is [station]. Passengers alighting at [station], please get ready. We will soon be arriving at [station]" (mp3 from beijing-visitor.com). When the train gets into the station: "[station] dao le", which means, "we've arrived at [station]".