Beijing tops worldwide ranking in rail passenger volume

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Beijing was first in the world in both total and average daily passenger volumes of urban rail transit at the end of last year, according to a whitepaper on the municipality's smart subway development published Thursday.

The total and average figures registered at 3.95 billion trips and 10.35 million trips, respectively. In addition, the operating mileage of Beijing's rail transit reached 698.6 kilometers last year, ranking second in the world.

With 23 lines and 405 stations, Beijing has formed an urban rail transit system comprising subways, medium and low-speed maglevs, and modern trams. The city's urban rail transit passenger volume accounted for 55.6% of its total public transportation volume.

In the future, technologies will be applied in Beijing subways, said Beijing Subway Deputy Chief Engineer Wei Yun.

Wei said that the company is now trying to integrate security check equipment and ticket check gates so that passengers will be able to swipe their metro cards or scan the ticket codes when going through security check without having to go through ticket check gates. It is also exploring ways to apply intelligent technologies and three-dimension maps in subway stations so that passengers can search for areas in the stations, as well as navigate and plan paths within the stations on their portable devices.

Some stations in Beijing have begun piloting the use of the Beidou Satellite Navigation System. According to the whitepaper, smart technologies including Beidou, 5G, cloud computing, and big data will be used in certain important parts of Beijing subways by 2025, and will be applied in all aspects of Beijing subways by 2035.

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