The much-anticipated monorail in Pingshan District will be put into use next year, while the municipal government has also approved the construction of Metro Lines 14 and 16, according to Tao Yongxin, head of the Pingshan District Government.
Tao gave an interview last week where he answered a few netizens’ questions regarding some of the latest updates to the district’s plans.
The public transportation plan was one of the most concerning questions raised by netizens. Tao replied that the district has been working closely with relevant departments to enhance the public transportation system in Pingshan and hopes to bring convenience to residents living in the district.
It has been approved that the construction of Metro Lines 14 and 16 will start next year. Metro Line 14 will connect Pingshan to downtown Shenzhen and Line 16 will link Pingshan with Longgang District and have 11 Metro stations.
Also, Pingshan District hopes that the to-be-built Metro Line 21 will be extended to the high-tech industrial park in Pingshan. Metro Line 19 is also expected to pass through Pingshan, said Tao.
Additionally, the Guangdong Provincial Government has clearly pointed out in the blueprint of the Shenzhen-Shanwei Special Cooperation Zone an expressway and a high-speed rail route connecting Pingshan with Futian District and Shanwei City.
For the special tourism monorail, Tao said that the first phase of construction already started this April and the monorail will be put into use next year. The construction of other expressways linking Pingshan with other areas of the city will also be accelerated, according to Tao.
Meanwhile, a city terminal will be put into operation by the end of this year, providing check-in services and shuttle buses bound for Shenzhen International Airport.
Education is another sector that netizens have been paying close attention too. Tao said that the district will expand and build 11 public schools in the next two to three years, adding 26,000 school spots for its residents.
Two higher-education institutions are settled in Pingshan District, namely Shenzhen Technology University and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Shenzhen Campus. Shenzhen Technology University was officially inaugurated Aug. 21 this year with 226 undergraduate students enrolled.