Passengers traveling on Beijing's new No. 5 subway line in 2008 will be able to watch live coverage of the Olympic Games.
The subway line, under construction for the last four years, will have a transmitter every 200 meters that can receive above-ground TV signals, said Ding Shukui, assistant general manager of Beijing Railway Construction and Management Co. Ltd.
The locomotive and the last carriage on the train will be equipped with receivers that can transmit signals to the eight liquid crystal TV sets in each carriage, said Ding.
The new subway line also provides passengers with good access to mobile phone signals, which are patchy on the other subway lines.
The No. 5 north-south subway line, which runs from Taipingzhuang North Station in northern Beijing's Changping district to Songjiazhuang Station in southern Fengtai district, will go into operation in September.
(Xinhua News Agency May 2, 2007)