More Subway Lines Open in Beijing

Three additions to Beijing's urban transport network opened over the weekend. The new line 10 connects Beijing's Central Business District with the city's high tech area in Haidian, running for a long stretch under the third ring road. A short spur runs north from Line 10 for 5 km into the heart of the Olympic venues. Also newly opened is an airport train that starts at Dongzhimen, then stops at Sanyuanqiao before heading out to both terminals of the new airport. I took a ride on Line 10 on Saturday and it is quite similar to the recently opened Line 5, which Mia Lee reported on for the Hard Hat Show late last year.

In addition, yesterday (July 20) was the first day of Beijing's odd-even traffic policy. Those with license plates ending in an even number, can only drive on even-numbered days, while those with plates ending in an odd number can only drive on odd-numbered days. According to a Reuters article in the Guardian, extra commuters on the subway caused a partial closing of subway Line 2 today.


Beijing's new airport train station


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