The rapid expansion of Beijing’s subway network since 2008 has connected the far out satellites with the city centre, where many offices and work places are. It provides cheap, fast and reliable transport
for the citizens of Beijing, improving their quality of life.
With it’s fast grow the amount of passengers transported on the subway has rocketed Beijing on the 3rd place of the busiest network in the world in 2013, just after Moskau and Shanghai. Until 2015 on more subway line will be opened every year.
Increasing numbers on the fastest growing subway network in the world.
Plans for expansion go beyond 2015 up to 2020 with unconfirmed reports stating that the length of the tracks by then will have more than doubled to 1000 kilometres.
Many of the new lines have their end stations in the surrounding satellites of Beijing, more than 30km away from it’s busy centre.
The further development of the subway system not only enables nearly 9 million passengers daily to travel and commute easily and cheap, but is also one of the many strategies to help reducing the number of journeys taken by car. The very heavy traffic on Beijing’s roads makes it’s citizens suffer from pollution and noise while the traffic jams make planning of the time spent for a journey by car or bus unpredictable.
Better jobs in the centre of Beijing have attracted people from the far outskirts already for a long time, coming to work into town on public transport.
Cathy Xu regularly commutes for hours on the Beijing subway.
Security measures on the Beijing subway have been tightened since the olympic games, with mandatory X-ray of all bags carried by passengers. During the times of heightened alert, as party congresses, uprisings or the attack on the TianAnMen gate, filming and taking pictures on the subway is difficult and can only be done on the mobile phone.
The new subway lines weave a tight net of connections and transfer stations over Beijing.
Many of the new lines connect with existing lines, bringing many places in Beijing into shorter walking distance.