Shanghai will have the world’s longest subway system in the world by the 2010 World Expo, with 430 kilometers of lines carrying 5.5 million passengers per day, the Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority announced on Tuesday.
In addition, Transport and Port Authority said that by the end of this year, the city will have the third longest system in the world, with 350 kilometers of lines.
Shanghai currently has the most extensive subway system in China, with 250 kilometers split between eight subway lines carrying 4.42 million passengers per day. Ultimately, however, the city plans to build up 11 subway lines before the 2010 World Expo, including three more lines – numbers 7, 10 and 11 – which the city expects to be operational by the end of this year.
By 2010, the subway will carry more than 35 percent of Shanghai’s public transportation passenger volume. In addition, 50 percent of visitors to the World Expo are expected to use the subway as their primary means of transportation through the city.