By Erik Crouch
Wuhan, the city of flooded roads and amateur submarines has managed to relieve the first and take inspiration from the second: opened on December 28, the city’s subway is now China’s first to include a tunnel beneath the Yangtze river.
Prior to the line’s construction, residents were stuck with congested roads and bridges spanning the river. Now, the Wuhan Line 2 subway will reduce travel time by up to 75 percent, according to China Daily.
Line 2 cost 14.9 billion yuan ($2.4 billion) to construct, and passes under the Yangtze for 3,000 meters (1.8 miles). The new subway line also includes fancy extras, such as mechanized libraries, art installations, and stations named after spicy duck snacks.