Seoul opens its first underground LRT line

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon opened, on September 2, the Ui-Sinseol LRT, the first all underground-level metro line in Korea. The Ui-Sinseol LRT has a length of 11.4 km linking Ui-dong in Gangbuk-gu to Sinseol-dong in Dongdaemun-gu, reducing travel time by 30 minutes. The 13 new stations, built in the underground, serve the driverless system. The line has connections with metro lines 1 and 2 at Sinseol-dong and with Line 4 at Sungshin Women’s University.
The 28m trains run through the northeastern part of Seoul including Dongdaemun-gu, Seongbuk-gu and Gangbuk-gu. The 18 two-car driverless trainsets were supplied by Hyundai Rotem.
According to Seoul Metropolitan Government, all 13 stations on the Ui-Sinseol LRT line will are formed as art and culture space. Walls, floors, staircases, and the walls of escalators, will display works by up and coming artists. Some trains will be operated as “Running Series” trains wrapped up in a certain theme. The interior of these trains will be decorated in the theme of library, movie theater, and art museum. Two trains will begin test operations as Running Art Museum and Running Library starting on the opening day.
Since all trains are computer operated, 2,755 additional staff will be stationed at Ui LRT to ensure thorough safety management during the initial stages of operation. All stations and trains will have 95 staff members daily over 29 days.
403 CCTVs are installed at compartments and stops and monitored by the general control tower 24/7. All 13 stations have screen doors installed.

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