SINGAPORE — The world's newest subway opened for business over the weekend, with thousands of Singaporeans swarming into the sleek, silver-gray, Japanese-built cars.
Sliding glass doors are mounted along the edges of all the system's underground platforms to prevent cooled air from escaping into the tunnel. All trains and underground stations are air-conditioned.
The $2.5-billion subway is to be a fully operational, 42-mile network by its scheduled mid-1990 completion and is expected to carry 750,000 people daily.
Government officials took a ceremonial first ride on the system's completed 3.7-mile stretch Saturday before opening it to the public.
There are to be 42 stations, 27 of them above ground--all within walking distance of one-third of this island nation's 2.6 million people.