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China to have world’s longest metro rail network

China to have world’s longest metro rail network
Nineteen cities have recently extended their metro systems, with total mileage expected to hit 3,000 km by the end of the year, Chinese Minister of Transport, Yang Chuantang was quoted as saying by state—run China Daily.

Public transit, especially the subway, has had a major effect on easing congestion in Beijing, and the government will inject more funding to promote its development, Dai Junliang, deputy mayor of Beijing said.

Four new subway lines will open to the public this month, which will extend the capital’s subway to 527 kms, the longest in the country.

Daily ridership will increase gradually to more than 10 million, the Beijing Commission of Transport said.

To guarantee safety with such large passenger numbers, security should be strengthened, Yang said.
Staffing numbers at some subway systems are not sufficient, and some staff members are not qualified in employing high technology, leaving the potential for security risks, he said.

On Thursday, Beijing’s subway system held a drill to handle derailment of subway trains.
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