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City intends to link 2 airports using fast train

THE city plans to build a fast railway link between its two international airports, the city's airport authority said yesterday.

The fast railway will be built along an already-planned track to cut the travel time to about 40 minutes between Pudong and Hongqiao international airports, according to Jing Yiming, vice president of the Shanghai Airport Authority, speaking ahead of the annual Asia Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition that starts today at Hongqiao airport.

"Only a few stops will be designed along the fast track to shuttle travelers, especially business travelers, between the two airports more quickly," Jing said.

The service is still being planning and there's no timetable for its completion, he said.

Jin said yesterday that the airport authority will continue to "focus on the infrastructure to ensure the airports' development in the next few years as the city builds an air hub."

The airports are now linked by Metro Line 2, which takes about two hours from one to the other. Talks about building a fast track between airports have been ongoing. It was once thought a maglev line would be used, but proposals were stymied by locals' protests. Residents living near the existing maglev say they fear the effects of its powerful electromagnetic force on their health.

The city's maglev line goes from Longyang Road in the Pudong New Area to the Pudong airport, 30 kilometers. The maglev has a top speed of 450 kilometers an hour, but it is limited to 200 kilometers an hour in downtown areas.


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