subway serves this 10 million population capital (oops, my mistake -
capitol) with fifteen lines totaling 527 km and 234 stations. It is the longest subway on the planet.
The system is expanding faster than an intestine full of week old crab rangoon. Many, many
more lines are on the way. Eighteen new lines totaling 408 kilometers are either planned or
under construction. By 2015, the system will have over 568 km
of track length. Four new lines are expected to open in 2012. The lines are certified by the government to be safe from nuclear and poison gas attacks, but to be certain, a few extra nukes they have lying around along with several canisters of poison gas will be dropped on the new lines on opening day.
Line 1 opened in 1969.
It serves the western suburbs and is also known as the Fu Ba Line.
the line was forbidden to all but Chinese. And speaking of
forbidden, the line runs right underneath the forbidden city, but you
aren't allowed to go there either. You can, however, get out at
Square, but don't forget to bring your tear gas and protective eyewear.
Line two, opened in 1971, is a 23.1 km, 18 statiom city circle line
beneath Beijing's second ring road. It's stops carry the names of the
ancient city gates, some of which still stand.
13 , referred to as "City Rail" or "Airport
Railway", opened in 2002. It runs for 40.9 km, of which 3.7
km are in subway. Fifteen of its 16 stations are on the planet's
The 18.9 km, 13 station Batong
(go ahead, say it. Its fun to say) opened in 2003. Also
known as the Pearl Line, it is completely elevated and runs in
part in the median of the Beiging Tongzhou Expressway. Having a
multiple personality, it is also known as Line 8T, yet has no relation
to Line 8. In bedrooms and behind other closed doors in the PRC, it is
referred to as a wannabe, or sometimes, "the Pearl Necklace". It is also referred to as a light rail line
as opposed to a subway since it is primarily above ground. Given the
types of rolling stock, the distances between stations and frequencies,
it would be considered a "surface metro" by most urban rail students in
In 2004, three of the Pearl Line's stations
were closed because the ground was sinking.
In 2008, we saw the openings of three new lines: Line 8-i (4 stations
and 4.5 km, the Olympic Village branch of Line 8), Line
10 (also known as the Olympic
Line, 24,7 km and 22 stations, all underground), and the
Express, which has nothing to do with Line 13, the Airport
Railway. Also in 2008 was the opening of the first line of Bejing's
suburban rail network.
In December 2010, Beijing added a whopping 100 km and four new lines. December 2011 added the new Line 9, plus extensions to Lines 8, 15 and the Fangshan Line The system is world class and on a tear.
According to Beijing
Scene, "it is an open secret that there are subway lines
under the city utilized only by the armed forces"
In January 2011, Beijing opened a 10 km test route of Maglev Light Rail Line S1. As you may know, the Eastern definition of light rail is an above ground metro. Beijing lines designated with an "S" are part of the
Despite it's small size, the Beijing's light rail maglev is expected to be .popular with dwarves and ordinary-sized citizens alike.
Line 4 cab
Never one to outdo itself, Beijing was said to be building a 115 mile long 3D Bus, a tracked bus designed to go over cars. The mutated BRT-car ferry line turned out to be a hoax.
A heritage trolley replica runs along Quianmen Street in Beijing