Almost two months after the terrifying Line 10 rear-end collision that left 280 injured and cast aspersions over Shanghai’s claim to modernity, Shanghai’s Metro system continues to be plagued by a myriad of technical problems.
Today Line 8 was the culprit, as it experienced slowdowns due to signal failures along the line. Signal failures were initially to blame for the Line 10 rear-end collision (though blame was later shifted to power outages and ultimately human error) and were the primary cause of the Wenzhou high speed rail crash from this summer.
Yesterday Line 2 experienced major delays at super-hubs People’s Square and Jiangsu Road due to “computer slowdowns” which apparently means the trains need to run at a slower speed as well.
No doubt the Shanghai Metro Authority is stuck between a rock and a hard place as they simultaneously attempt to appear modern and efficient in operations while trying to keep the public safe amid numerous glitches and oversights in the system.
As it is today, Shanghai’s Metro system feels like a diseased artery — absolutely vital to the life of the city, yet at the same time a disaster waiting to happen.