UITP has announced that automated metro lines across the world have reached the 1000 km milestone.
Pujiang Line, which opened late March in Shanghai, China, completed the total of kilometres of fully automated metros in the world, now reaching over 1000 km.
Currently, there are 63 FAO (Fully Automated Operations) lines in 42 cities in 19 countries, making a total of 1003 km. The world’s first FAO line was opened in 1981 in Kobe, Japan –with it taking 29 years to reach 500 km. It took only a further eight years to double that figure, bringing automated metro network to the current milestone.
In 2017, new FAO lines opened in five cities: Beijing, Santiago, Istanbul, Seoul and Kuala-Lumpur. The total length of these five new lines was 108.1 km, which represents 15% of the total metro infrastructure installed in 2017.
Another two cities, Hyderabad and New Delhi, opened lines designed for GoA4 but which are operated with drivers in GoA2 mode during a first phase.
“In these 1000km we find a diversity of profiles of lines and cities around the world. This demonstrates the broad range of services that automated lines can offer to meet the mobility challenges for cities in the years ahead. UITP has been working for many years to disseminate information about these solutions and help cities that adopt it,” Laurent Dauby, UITP Director Rail Transport said.