What's also a shame is that the ride only lasts eight minutes, and only skips 10 stations on the Metro's #2 line before plopping you at Longyang Rd. station--still on the eastern fringe of the city. From there you must hop the traditional underground Metro and its humdrum, ancient wheel-and-track drivetrain for access to central Shanghai. Boo. But the speed! Eight minutes to cover 16 miles is not bad at all. The train can top out at 268 mph on the ride, but mine only made it to 160 mph.