Beijing(Peking), Municipality of Beijing, China (Asia)
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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.
Examples of interesting station design:
Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:
The short line 8 has the most interesting stations. Line 5 also has some.
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,
Characteristics: Similar 'automated rapid transit' trains. Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur use LIM technology.
Members: Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan,
Characteristics: Unadorned, clean and solid station design, often using coloured plates. Western-style trains. Hong Kong acted as consultant for most Chinese metro cities.
Isolated circle - Line 2 - 28 km - 18 stations - round trip 43 minutes - opened 1984 - completed 1987.
Isolated circle - Line 10 - 57.1 km - 45 stations - round trip 104 minutes - opened 2008 - completed 2013.
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]".
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Line history (cityrailtransit.com)
Wikipedia entry (wikipedia.org)
Urbanrail.net entry (urbanrail.net)
Skyscrapercity discussion (skyscrapercity.com)
City information about Beijing (wikipedia.org)
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