Bus No. 894 arrives at Lucheng Subway Station of Line 6 of Beijing on February 5, 2018. [Photo by Ma Wenjuan/Qianlong]
On February 5, 2018, Beijing buses No. 893, 894 and 822 arrived successively at Lucheng Subway Station of Line 6 of Beijing, marking the official opening of three bus lines in rush hours linking Tongzhou district and Hebei’s two counties, Sanhe county and Dachang Hui Autonomous County.
All the three bus lines take about 40 minutes to get to Lucheng Subway Station of Line 6, with the minimum and the maximum departure intervals of 6 minutes and 30 minutes respectively.
With the growing passenger flow in the future, Beijing Public Transportation Group (BPTG) will take measures like extending operation time and increasing buses to reduce passengers’ waiting time.
The ticket fares are in line with regular bus fares and passengers can enjoy preferential policies via an All-in-one card (Yikatong).
The three new lines have showed their potential in transport capacity on the first operation day.
The bus line No. 822 can serve around 150,000 people from six large communities and 15 villages, townships along the way, according to Zhu Gang, an official of the fifth branch of BPTG.
“A total of 73 passengers took the bus and arrived at Lucheng Subway Station at 6:30 this morning. As for this situation, we will shorten the interval to four to five minutes from today’s seven minutes. We will also add more buses during the Spring Festival travel rush,” said Zhu.
Compared to the regular bus lines in rush hours, the three new bus lines operate more buses and their ticket fare is much cheaper, according to Ji Xinrong, an official of BPTG.
Next, Tongzhou district will further study the transportation need between Hebei province’s three counties and Beijing’s subcenter, make a scientific planning of bus lines, and continuously optimize and expand bus network to facilitate people’s travel.