GTX-A Suseo-Dongtan route makes successful debut

2024.04.01 08:33:01 | 2024.04.01 08:34:56

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The new Great Train eXpress (GTX) route, which connects Suseo to Dongtan in the Seoul metropolitan area in about 20 minutes,began operations on Saturday, with the number of passengers using the new route over the weekend exceeding expectations.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport sais on Sunday that a total of 18,949 passengers used the new GTX-A Suseo-Dongtan route on its first day of operation. This figure includes all of the passengers from the first train departing Dongtan at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday to the last train arriving at each station at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday, or 13 percent higher than the estimated weekend demand of 16,788 passengers. During the first weekend of operation, it was noted that many of the passengers were families.

The GTX cars can travel at a maximum operating speed of 180 kilometers per hour, with the front of the car streamlined to minimize air resistance at high speeds and lightweight aluminum bodies used to improve both handling and acceleration performance at high speeds. Compared to other high-speed trains such as the Korea Train eXpress or Super Rapid Train, passengers may experience less noise during high-speed travel.

Each passenger car is equipped with air purifiers and environmentally friendly, non-flammable carpets with antibacterial functions. Seat dividers are installed on the seats, and the seat width is about 3 centimeters wider than on regular trains, improving passengers‘ comfort. Ten 37-inch liquid crystal display panels are installed in each car, making it easy to check operational information from anywhere on the train.

The extended new GTX-A line is expected to contribute to the improvement of urban connectivity in the Seoul metropolitan area, as envisioned by the Korean government’s national initiatives.

By Lee Jin-han and Chang Iou-chung

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