China's First Maglev Railway Starts Construction

China's first magnetic levitation (maglev) railway kicked off construction in the Pudong New District, Shanghai, March 1.

At a cost of 8.9bn yuan, the Trans-rapid Maglev Demonstration Route stars from the Longyang Metro Station in the west and ends at Pudong International Airport in the east. It will take passagers only 8 minutes for a 30 km trip.

Running at dual lines between two stations, it is designed for a maximum speed of 430km per hour and a transportation capacity of 959 passengers in 9 compartments.

Every hour 12 trains depart to bring a yearly transport volume of 150m if calculated on 18 hours' operation every day.

As the world fastest ground vehicle, maglev train boasts a maximum speed over 500km per hour. Currently only a few countries as Germany and Japan are capable of its design and production.

The line is believed to play a big role in Shanghai's transportation system.

(People's Daily 03/02/2001)

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