City to Combine Use of Underground Tunnels and Bridges for Metro Line
According to the city transport commission the government is planning to combine underground tunnels and elevated bridges for the construction of the Metro Line 8 that will link Luohu district with the tourist destination in Xiaomesha in Yantian District. Based on the plans the rail line will travel above the ground alongside Luosha Road after coming out of Liantang Checkpoint, then it goes through Wutong Mountain then underground through areas in Shatoujiao and Yantian Districts.
As of the moment the transport commission is comparing the advantages of using traditional wheel rail technology underground from using elevated bridges that uses magnetic levitation technology in Dameisha by studying its geography and road condition. Wheel rail trains travels up to 80 kilometers an hour compared to low to medium speed maglev trains which can reach 100 kilometers per hour.
Experts are arguing that constructing railway using the maglev technology will be cheaper as it will save costs in the future since it can be built above the current roads and is more environmentally friendly, quicker, quieter and cheaper that its wheel rail trains. While other say that an underground line will be better for the environment of Yantian as elevated bridges for the rail will occupy road resources and possibly damage to the landscape.