By Zhao Wei, Sina English
Beijing Subway line 6, which is another major line connecting Beijing’s East and West, is scheduled to start operation on December 28 this year, according to Beijing Municipal Transport Committee.
The Line 6, which runs almost parallel to the Line 1, is expected to ease congestion and increase transport capability by 30%.
Beijing currently has 15 subway lines that span 372 kilometers. By the end of this year, another four lines will be open, extending the coverage to 440 kilometers, making Beijing Subway the longest subway network in the world.
The four new lines that will start running by the end of 2012 are line 6, which connects the city’s East and West; line 10, which will become Beijing’s second loop line once completed; extension of line 8, connecting northern suburbs and the city centre; and extension of line 9 will link to the Beijing West Railway Station.