First homemade maglev in operation

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Added On May 8, 2016

China's first homemade middle-to-low speed magnetically levitated rail line began operating on Friday. 
 
China Report takes you to the central city of Changsha to have a look. 
 
Another national pride...as China's first homemade middle-to-low speed magnetically levitated rail line was launched on Friday.
 
The line links Changsha's south railway station to the airport, with one stop in between. 
 
It takes 19 minutes and 30 seconds to complete the 18.55-km journey.
 
The train can carry up to 363 people with a maximum speed of 100 km per hour. The price of a one-way ticket is 20 yuan, or about 3 U.S.dollars. 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): YU WENTAO, Passenger:
"The train moves smoothly with little noise. In the past, I took taxis to get to the airport. But I always felt nervous that I might be late. Now with this rail line, I am no longer worried."
 
A local company, CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co., Ltd., designed and manufactured the trains. 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): PENG QIBIAO, Deputy General Engineer of CRRC
"The train makes little noise, so it can run through many places such as residential areas, holiday resorts and business districts."  
 
The project started in May 2014 with a total investment of 4.29 billion yuan, or roughly 660 million dollars.
 
It means each kilometer of the line costs between 23 and 38 million dollars, making it highly economical compared to subways or the light rail, which cost up to 123 million dollars and 46 million dollars per kilometer respectively.