Congratulatory Message on the Publication of Seoul Metro, 30 Years of History
Date: October 22, 2012
I sometimes use the subway when commuting, but before I became mayor, I used it every day. It was truly grateful for the public transportation in this city. From time to time, I witnessed the enormous number of citizens pouring out of the subway during the morning rush hour. This is when I got to see the lives of Seoul citizens up close and personal.
Recently, I have heard welcome news that Seoul Metro, which has achieved remarkable growth together with the citizens of Seoul, will publish a book commemorating its 30 years of history, and it is quite a long history. I hope the book offers us a clear look into the lives of Seoul’s 10 million citizens.
After its establishment in 1981, Seoul Metro was responsible for the operation of Subway Lines No. 1 to 4, which are the most frequently used by Seoul citizens. It became the “feet” of the citizens as well as a reflection of the lives of the people. For the past 30 years, Seoul Metro has grown together with Seoul. While the city has expanded its subway system and residential areas, creating a new culture based on the subway, Seoul Metro has developed in line with the growth and changes of Seoul.
Throughout its 30 years, Seoul Metro has changed considerably, side-by-side with the city. There are now nine subway lines, and the old subway tickets have been replaced with transportation cards. Safety doors have been installed, and the number of amenities has been increased. In addition to these changes, the services have improved as well, showing a totally different picture from that of days past.
Seoul Metro, 30 Years of History features the story of Seoul’s subway as well as the growth of Seoul and the lives of Seoul citizens. Thus, as mayor, this book will serve as an invaluable asset to me. I genuinely believe that a positive trend of transformation will lay the groundwork for building a better subway system and a better Seoul in the years to come. Moreover, Seoul’s subway will become a reliable shoulder on which the citizens may lean, and through which they can pursue their dreams and, ultimately, happiness.