Beijing Subway - System Upgrades - Increasing Capacity

Increasing Capacity

With new lines drawing more riders to the network and the fare reduction making rides more affordable, the subway has experienced severe overcrowding, especially during the rush hour. In response, the subway upgraded signal equipment to increase the frequency of trains and added to the capacity of subway trains. The minimum wait-time has been reduced to 2 min. on Line 2; 2 min. 15 sec. on Line 1; 3 min. on Lines 4, 5, 13, and Batong; 3.5 min. on Line 10; and 15 min. on the Airport Express. Lines 13 and Batong have converted 4-car to 6-car trains. Despite these efforts, during the morning rush hour, conductors at line terminals and other busy stations must routinely restrict the number of passengers who can board each train to prevent the train from becoming too crowded for passengers waiting at other stations down the line. As of August 31, 2011, 25 stations mainly on Lines 13, Batong, 1 and 5, have imposed such restrictions. Some of these stations have built queuing lines outside the stations to manage the flow of waiting passengers.

Lines 6 and 7 now under construction will reportedly have longer platforms that can accommodate 8-car B size trains. While lines 14 will use wide-body A size trains in 6 car sets. Also lines 3, 11, 12, and 16 could possibly adopt 8 car A size trains.

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