Shanghai’s first fully automated line opens
On 31 March, a new fully automated metro line was added to the Shanghai metro network. Shanghai Keolis, a joint venture between the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. (51%) and Keolis Group (49%), started operating Line 8 Phase 3 project, also known as Pujiang Line, the first fully automated metro line in Shanghai.
The line is 6.7km long and has six elevated stations. Designed to serve residents in the district of Minhang (Pujiang town), it provides a connection to Shendu Highway Station where passengers can take Shanghai metro line 8.
A seven-year operations and maintenance contract was awarded to Shanghai Keolis two years ago.
The new line is a rubber-tyre system. Vehicles are Bombardier’s Innovia APM 300, produced by the joint venture CRRC Puzhen Bombardier Transportation Systems Limited (PBTS). They are paired with the Bombardier Ciryflo 650 CBTC system.
The system is designed for trains to run every 3 minutes 20 seconds during peak hours and every 6 minutes during weekends.
This new line in Shanghai takes the total of kilometers of fully automated metros in the world over the bar of 1000 km.