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Beijing begins test runs on its first maglev line; to deploy 10,000 electric buses by 2020 [free access]

August 6, 2017

Trial runs have commenced on the Beijing Metro Mentougou Line (S1 Line), which is the first maglev line in Beijing. The line spans 10.2 km from Mentougou to Pingguoyuan, covering eight stations. It will provide an interchange facility with Beijing Metro Line 1.


China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Tangshan has supplied 10 six-car trains, which will be operated at a maximum speed of 100 km/hr and have capacity for 1,302 passengers.


The line is expected to commence commercial operations by end-2017. The end-to-end journey time will be 20 minutes.


Meanwhile, the Beijing Public Transport Group has announced plans to expand the current fleet size of electric buses from the current 1,000 buses to 10,000 buses by 2020, increasing the proportion of electric buses among total public transport vehicles from the current 10 per cent to 60 per cent and serving about 3.046 billion people per year.


Recently, two bus routes in Beijing’s Yanqing District started using 50 electric buses. It takes around 20 minutes to charge a bus and a single charge can power a bus for 80 km.