Beijing's urban planning authorities have approved planning permission for six new subway lines on which work is scheduled to begin by the end of the year.
The six new lines - the No.6, 8 and 9 lines, the second phase of the No.10 line, and the Yizhuang and Daxing lines, have a total length of 152 kilometers, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning. They will be completed in 2012.
Beijing currently has five subway lines in operation, with a total length of 142 kilometers.
"The city aims to raise the proportion of citizens choosing public transport from the current 30 percent to 45 percent by 2015, and the subway passenger volume will increase to eight million a day from the current 2.2 million," said the commission's Zhou Nansen.
(Xinhua News Agency October 17, 2007)