Beijing opens five new subway lines Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Five new subway lines will open Thursday in Beijing, taking the total number of the lines to 14, the city's subway authorities said Wednesday.

The five new subways lines -- Fangshan Line, Changping Line, the first phase of the No. 15 Line, Yizhuang Line and Daxing Line -- will have a combined length of 108 kilometers, bringing the Chinese national capital's total metro length to 336 km.

Passengers can get abroad trains running along the five news lines as of 2 p.m. Thursday, said an official of Beijing Subway Operation Co. Ltd.

The new lines cost nearly 61 billion yuan (about 9.2 billion U.S. dollars).

Beijing's metro network now hauls 5.02 million passengers daily.  

Subway line to traverse Yangtze River in central China
New Subway line to accelerate Beijing life
Editor: Mo Hong'e
Source: Xinhua