Metro Lines 5 and 9 and the first phase of Metro Line 6 in Xi'an -- capital city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province -- began operation on Dec 28.
As the second east-west main line in Xi'an, Metro Line 5 has always been the focus of public attention. It passes through famous attractions in Xi'an, such as the Qinglong Temple and Epang Palace, while also connecting modern landmarks such as Aoxiang Town.
Xi'an Metro staff members celebrate the opening of Metro Line 5. [Photo/Xi'an municipal government's WeChat public account]
The first phase of Xi'an Metro Line 6 runs from the southwest to the northeast of the city. With a length of about 20.1 kilometers, it runs through the Xi'an High-tech Industries Development Zone, as well as Chang'an, Beilin and Yanta districts.
As an urban peripheral rail transit line that handles both commuting and tourism, the opening of Xi'an Metro Line 9 will shorten the time and space distance between Lintong district and the main urban area of Xi'an.
Xi'an Metro Line 9 is designed with features of Qin (221-206 BC) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. [Photo/Xi'an municipal governmen's WeChat public account]
It will take passengers to Qinlingxi Station, near the Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, home of the Terracotta Warriors, within 39 minutes from downtown Xi'an.
All three lines have full smart security inspections and facial recognition, and have adopted new industry technologies such as smart customer service centers and one-key switching stations.
To date, Xi'an has opened seven metro lines in total including the three new lines, with an operating network of 215 km, and the daily average passenger volume of the metro line network is expected to soon reach 3.5 million.
The interconnected rail network will effectively alleviate urban traffic pressure in the city.