On the afternoon of December 25th, with the three newest fully automatic driving trains of lines 14, 15, and 18 all unveiled at the Shanghai Metro Fengbang Base, marking the end of the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, the number of Shanghai Metro trains officially Entered a new era of 7,000 vehicles. The scale of operation and vehicle ownership of Shanghai’s metro network both rank first in the world.
Since the opening of the Shanghai Metro in 1993, it has been 27 years. Looking back in history, in October 1992, the first train of the Shanghai Metro arrived in Shanghai from Germany; in 2007, the number of trains exceeded 1,000 cars; by the end of 2009, the number of trains doubled to 2,000 cars; in the summer of 2012, the Shanghai Metro had the 3,000th train; at the end of 2016, the 4,000th train was launched in the third phase of Line 9; in July 2018, the 5,000th metro car of Shanghai Metro was unveiled at the Beidi Road Base of Line 2; May 2020, the 6000th metro car settled in the Zhibei Base of Line 16, and it quickly reached 7000 at the end of the year, that is, 1,000 subway cars were added in just over half a year, which is the first time in the world’s urban rail industry.
From the first to the 7000th, it is not only a numerical increase, but also a “qualitative” leap. According to statistical analysis, the reliability of new cars on the Shanghai Metro in recent years is 5-6 times higher than that of earlier cars. Take car doors as an example. In 2016, the total number of door failures on trains across the network exceeded 951 times. In 2020, when the number of trains across the network doubled, the total number of door failures dropped to 478 times, a drop of 49.7%. At the same time, the detection rate of vehicle maintenance failures has also reached 92%, leading the industry.