Will the wonders of public transportation in China never cease? Apparently not, because in 2021, Beijing commuters can look forward to hopping on the subway to take a quick ride to neighboring Hebei province.
Over the next five years, Beijing plans to build not one, not two, not three, but four new subway links with Hebei in order to better manage the tremendous daily wave of people commuting into China’s capital city.
According to the plan released by the Hebei Development and Reform Commission, the new subway lines will help to cut down travel time between cities in Hebei and Beijing to just one hour.
China Daily has the specifics:
According to the plan, one of the four subways－the Pinggu Line－will link Beijing’s Pinggu and Tongzhou districts with Sanhe in Langfang, Hebei.
Preparatory work for the Pinggu Line has already started and is expected to be completed by 2021, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.
The other three lines, which are in the planning phase, would link Yizhuang in Beijing with downtown Langfang; Daxing in Beijing with Gu’an in Langfang; and Fangshan in Beijing with Zhuozhou in Baoding.
Already, the Beijing Subway is the world’s busiest with 3.66 billion trips in 2016, and the world’s second longest at 574 km of track, trailing behind only Shanghai. But city planners have even more ambitious plans in the future, aiming to continue to connect Beijing, Hebei and the nearby city of Tianjin into one sprawling metropolis.
Check out this handy-dandy map of the proposed subway system in 2021:
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