The Shanghai Maglev Train or Shanghai Transrapid is a magnetic levitation train, or maglev line that operates in Shanghai, China. It is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world and only the second Maglev line to be commercially operated. The train line was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong where passengers could interchange to the Shanghai Metro to continue their trip to the city center.
Construction of the line began in 1 March 200 and public commercial service commenced on 1 January 2004. The top operational commercial speed of this train is 431 km/h (268 mph), making it the world's fastest train in regular commercial service since its opening in 2004, faster than TGV in France and also faster than the latest CRH conventional wheel train in China at 350 km/h (217 mph). During a non-commercial test run on 12 November 2003, a maglev train achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph). The top operational speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) is also faster than the top speed of any Formula One car and Motogp prototype. It cost $1.2 billion to build.
The train set was built by a joint venture of Siemens and ThyssenKrupp in Kassel. The track (guideway) was built by local Chinese companies who, as a result of the swampy soil conditions of the Pudong area, had to deviate from the original track design of one supporting column every 50 meters to one column every 25 meters, to ensure that the guideway meets the stability and precision criteria. Additionally, they had to inject several concrete piles to depths of up to 70 meters into the ground, to support the column foundations. A local facility to manufacture the guideway elements was installed next to the track area prior to construction.
The electrification of the train was developed by VAHLE, Inc. Two commercial maglev systems predated the Shanghai system, the Birmingham Maglev in the United Kingdom and the Berlin M-Bahn. Both were low-speed operations and closed before the opening of the Shanghai Maglev Train.
The line is often considered part of the Shanghai Metro network, although there is a separate fare system.
Shanghai Maglev Train Ticket Price: single standard ticket is RMB 50, double standard ticket is RMB 80; single VIP ticket is RMB 100, double VIP ticket is RMB 160. Airline visitors save 20% by their own intraday tickets, disabled soldiers, Retired veteran cadres and the disabled can get 20% discount by valid certificates. Children fewer than 1.2 meters are free accompanied by their parents. Pay RMB 5 to visit Maglev Technology Showroom on the ground floor of the Maglev Line¡¯s Longyang Road Station by intraday ticket. Single ticket is PMB 40 if it is paid from the Shanghai Public Transport Card.
Shanghai Maglev Train Opening Hour: From Longyang Road station to Pudong Airport station, the first train is 6:45, and the last train is 21:40 with 15-minute intervals at 6:45-17:00, 20-minute intervals at 17:00-21:00, and 40-minute intervals at 21:00-21:40. From Pudong Airport station to Longyang Road station, the first train is 7:02, and the last train is 21:42.
Where to get the Maglev Train in downtown Shanghai
The Maglev Line' s Longyang Road Station lies at No. 2100, Longyang Road (nearby Baiyang Road, No. 3 and 4 exit of Longyang Road Station of Metro Line 2, Bus 983, Bus 976, Bridge Line 5, Bridge Line 6, Shenjiang Line.) The Maglev Line's Airport station lies at east of shanghai Pudong International Airport Terminal (directly connected to the corridor of 300 m.)
Official Website:Shanghai Maglev Train