China's Chengdu opens 5 new metro lines

CHENGDU, China, Dec. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Chengdu City, capital of southwest China'sSichuan Province, opened five new metro lines on Dec. 18, 2020, bringing the number of metro lines in the city to 13, according to Chengdu Municipal People's Government.The new lines have brought the total length of Chengdu's far-reaching metro system to 558 km, made Chengdu the "fourth city" of urban rail transportation in China.Line 6, the first phases of lines 8, 9 and 17, as well as the eastern section of Line 18 have been opened.Line 18 links Chengdu's city proper with its new airport, the Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, which is slated to begin operations next year. The Tianfu International Airport will position Chengdu as the third city in the Chinese mainland behind Beijing and Shanghai to possess two of its own international airports.An automated train system has been deployed on Line 9. Trains on the line can automatically run, stop, turn on, and carry out inspections.
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