The Shanghai Maglev Train is the first commercial high-speed maglev line in the world. The system and trains were built to the Transrapid standard. Construction began in March 2001, and public service commenced on 1 January 2004.
During a test run on 12 November 2003, a maglev vehicle achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph).
System length: 30.5 km (19.0 mi)
a one-way ticket cost ¥50 (US$7.27)
The Shanghai Transrapid project took ¥10 billion (US$1.33bn) and two and a half years to complete.
The line runs from Longyang Road station in Pudong, on the Shanghai subway line 2 to Pudong International Airport. The journey takes 7 minutes and 20 seconds to complete the distance of 30 km. A train can reach 350 km/h (220 mph) in 2 minutes, with the maximum normal operation speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) reached thereafter.
- ▼ 2009 (14)