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Old July 17th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #441
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Olympics: Beijing to open three new subway lines by Sunday

2008-07-17


BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Beijing will open three new subway lines for trial operation by Sunday to ease traffic and cope with the passenger surge during the Olympic Games.

Beginning on Sunday vehicles with even and odd number plates will have to run on alternate days on Beijing's roads, and an additional 4 million people will resort to the public transport system.

"When some drivers are forced to stop driving on Monday morning, they might find it equally convenient to take one of the subway lines," said Zhou Zhengyu, Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications deputy head, at a press conference here on Thursday.

The new links, built at a total cost of 22.3 billion yuan (3.2 billion U.S. dollars), will increase the number of subway lines in the Chinese capital to eight and the total length of track to 200 kilometers from the current 142 km.

The trains used for the new lines can carry 1,424 passengers each, or 344 more than those on other lines, said Zhou.

The Airport Line links the downtown areas with Terminal 3, a new terminal building at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs. Trains will be running at an average interval of 15 minutes, and the 28-km trip takes about 20 minutes, he added.

A public hearing early this month by the National Development and Reform Commission decided a reasonable fare for a subway ride to the airport should be around 25 yuan.

Beijing subway operators have estimated a daily maximum of 30,000 passenger trips on the Airport Line during the Aug. 8-24 Olympic Games, said Liu Jian, deputy head of Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp. Ltd.

Subway builders have set aside room in the Dongzhimen Railway Station, the downtown end of the Airport Line, where in the future, passengers will be able to check in for their flights and have their luggage delivered, said Zhou.

But no time-table is immediately available as to when the check-in counters will be set up at the downtown subway station.

In another development, a 4.5-km Olympic Branch Line will carry spectators to the main Games' venues in northern Beijing, and Line No. 10 will run 25 km northwest to southeast in the shape of a right angle.

But before and during the Games, this branch line will open exclusively to participants to the Games, including athletes, coaches, journalists and others, and spectators holding tickets of the day, said Zhou.

"The passengers all need to receive security checks on the ground before they take the Olympic subway to the Games' facilities," he said.

Subway operators estimate the Olympic line would be transporting a maximum of 220,000 passengers daily during the Games. Line No. 10, meanwhile, will probably handle 850,000 passenger trips a day in maximum.

In the meantime, Beijing has been upgrading its two old subway lines, Line No. 1 and 2, to make their facilities air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

Yet by the Olympics' opening, some trains on Line No. 1, the city's oldest that runs east to west through the city center, may still run without air-conditioner, said Liu Jian.

Beijing officials said last month that to facilitate public transport during the Olympics, city authorities would increase the number of buses and subway trains and extend their daily operating hours. In addition, 66,000 taxis would provide 24-hour service.

About 2 million domestic tourists and 450,000 overseas tourists will visit Beijing during the Olympics, the Beijing Games organizing committee and Beijing municipal tourism bureau has forecast.

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Old July 17th, 2008, 06:56 PM   #442
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yes TRZ, western influence made hong kong corruption free. if you believe that, you're smoking some good stuff. with hong kong, you can go back 30 years into its annals, and discover the british administered laissez faire colony to have bribes and kickbacks flowing to civil servants' accounts in bermuda. the anti-corruption drive took place much later in hong kong than it did in britain itself, and it wasn't wholly successful either. kinda kills your arguments about corruption being endemic to culture and/or time.

right now your arguments are based on some jerks you've dealt with, or stories about other people. that's like some guy disliking blacks or jews because of bad business dealings. yes i know you're a wound up kinda person. but at least know what you're talking about first?

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Old July 17th, 2008, 07:52 PM   #443
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Up to now I still don't see how a flood during a freak storm can be extrapolated into a blanket perception on questionable construction practices.
I think someone here needs mental theraphy, he sees none of us can
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Olympics: Beijing to open three new subway lines by Sunday

2008-07-17


BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Beijing will open three new subway lines for trial operation by Sunday to ease traffic and cope with the passenger surge during the Olympic Games.

Beginning on Sunday vehicles with even and odd number plates will have to run on alternate days on Beijing's roads, and an additional 4 million people will resort to the public transport system.

"When some drivers are forced to stop driving on Monday morning, they might find it equally convenient to take one of the subway lines," said Zhou Zhengyu, Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications deputy head, at a press conference here on Thursday.

The new links, built at a total cost of 22.3 billion yuan (3.2 billion U.S. dollars), will increase the number of subway lines in the Chinese capital to eight and the total length of track to 200 kilometers from the current 142 km.

The trains used for the new lines can carry 1,424 passengers each, or 344 more than those on other lines, said Zhou.

The Airport Line links the downtown areas with Terminal 3, a new terminal building at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the northeastern suburbs. Trains will be running at an average interval of 15 minutes, and the 28-km trip takes about 20 minutes, he added.

A public hearing early this month by the National Development and Reform Commission decided a reasonable fare for a subway ride to the airport should be around 25 yuan.

Beijing subway operators have estimated a daily maximum of 30,000 passenger trips on the Airport Line during the Aug. 8-24 Olympic Games, said Liu Jian, deputy head of Beijing Mass Transit Railway Operation Corp. Ltd.

Subway builders have set aside room in the Dongzhimen Railway Station, the downtown end of the Airport Line, where in the future, passengers will be able to check in for their flights and have their luggage delivered, said Zhou.

But no time-table is immediately available as to when the check-in counters will be set up at the downtown subway station.

In another development, a 4.5-km Olympic Branch Line will carry spectators to the main Games' venues in northern Beijing, and Line No. 10 will run 25 km northwest to southeast in the shape of a right angle.

But before and during the Games, this branch line will open exclusively to participants to the Games, including athletes, coaches, journalists and others, and spectators holding tickets of the day, said Zhou.

"The passengers all need to receive security checks on the ground before they take the Olympic subway to the Games' facilities," he said.

Subway operators estimate the Olympic line would be transporting a maximum of 220,000 passengers daily during the Games. Line No. 10, meanwhile, will probably handle 850,000 passenger trips a day in maximum.

In the meantime, Beijing has been upgrading its two old subway lines, Line No. 1 and 2, to make their facilities air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible.

Yet by the Olympics' opening, some trains on Line No. 1, the city's oldest that runs east to west through the city center, may still run without air-conditioner, said Liu Jian.

Beijing officials said last month that to facilitate public transport during the Olympics, city authorities would increase the number of buses and subway trains and extend their daily operating hours. In addition, 66,000 taxis would provide 24-hour service.

About 2 million domestic tourists and 450,000 overseas tourists will visit Beijing during the Olympics, the Beijing Games organizing committee and Beijing municipal tourism bureau has forecast.

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Old July 19th, 2008, 11:27 AM   #445
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BEIJING, July 19 -- People in Beijing can start enjoying three more subway lines starting this weekend. The new lines will greatly expand the capacity of the city's underground transport, easing street congestion and making travel a little easier for the upcoming Olympics.

After seven years of construction, three new subway lines in the capital will be put in to service this weekend.

Line 10 runs through Beijing's most prosperous eastern and northern parts. It's 24.6 kilometers long and includes 22 stations.

The Airport Express Line, with just four stops, is 28 kilometers long. The 20-minute ride will be a boon for passengers flying in and out of Beijing's Capital Airport.

And the Olympic Branch Line runs through the complex of stadiums, gymnasiums and Olympic parks. It will provide direct service for the Olympic Games, with one stop specifically for the opening ceremony venue.

Liu Jian, Vice General Manager, Beijing Subway Operation Co., said, "We expect Line 10 to transport up to 850 thousand people every day during the Olympic period. The Olympic Branch Line will transport 30,000 people, and the Airport Line will carry 300 thousand passengers every day. We've put the necessary services in place, including emergency, first aid, auto ticketing and security systems."

The three new lines have been designed in a Chinese style, with Olympic features. The trains are spacious and air-conditioned.

To encourage private car owners to take the subway, Beijing's traffic authorities have constructed big parking lots near four major subway stations, which can hold more than six million vehicles. And to improve efficiency, the frequency of subway trains will be adjusted according to passenger volumes. During rush hour, trains will run every two and a half minutes.



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Old July 19th, 2008, 07:35 PM   #446
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nice to hear, parking space for 6 million cars..!

I like subways, more picture?
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Old July 19th, 2008, 07:57 PM   #447
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To encourage private car owners to take the subway, Beijing's traffic authorities have constructed big parking lots near four major subway stations, which can hold more than six million vehicles.
I have severe doubts about this figure... It can't be right. That's 1.5 million per station. How would you fit that much parking next to a station? Seriously, you'd step out and see nothing but parking structures in all directions for quite some distance, even if you try and tandem/valet/stack the heck out of it.

Even if it were true, this is not a good direction to take for a city and system of this size. At that point, you're not decreasing car travel, you're simply shifting it elsewhere and allowing people to live further out while still forcing them to drive everywhere. This sounds like post-war American metro systems (San Francisco BART, Atlanta MARTA, DC METRO) on steriods...
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of course it is not correct, man.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 07:50 PM   #449
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I have severe doubts about this figure... It can't be right. That's 1.5 million per station. How would you fit that much parking next to a station? Seriously, you'd step out and see nothing but parking structures in all directions for quite some distance, even if you try and tandem/valet/stack the heck out of it.

Even if it were true, this is not a good direction to take for a city and system of this size. At that point, you're not decreasing car travel, you're simply shifting it elsewhere and allowing people to live further out while still forcing them to drive everywhere. This sounds like post-war American metro systems (San Francisco BART, Atlanta MARTA, DC METRO) on steriods...
I'm thinking it might be 60 thousand. Beijing only have around 4 million motorized vehicles.
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Yes, I agree. Still pretty high, but much more reasonable.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 05:39 AM   #452
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Beijing subway seizes up as traffic taken off road

One of Beijing's most important subway lines seized up on Monday when the mass of passengers forced workers to close off entrances for safety on the first working day of pre-Olympic traffic restrictions. Passengers were being allowed off Line 2, which runs in a loop around central Beijing, but not on to it. At least one major transfer station, at Jianguomen, was closed.

"There is a big crush of passengers. We've had to close the line for safety reasons," said a subway worker, standing in front of locked gates at the Fuxingmen station, a transfer point for Line 1.

The subway company was not immediately available for comment.

Monday marked the first working day of emergency traffic curbs that aim to take half of all cars off the road by utilizing an odd-even number plate system. Streets were noticeably quieter, but still busy during the morning rush hour.

Under the new rules, which began on Sunday, cars are banned on alternate days depending on their license plate number and most official cars have been impounded. Only taxis, buses and Olympic vehicles are exempt.

The government hopes to take around 60 percent of the city's 3.3 million cars off the roads, the official Xinhua agency reported, and reduce emissions by two-thirds over the two months until the end of the Paralympic Games in mid-September.

The city's chronic pollution has been one of the biggest headaches for Beijing Olympic Games organizers, who are banking on the car bans and last minute factory closures to bring blue skies and easy breathing for athletes.

Three new subway lines opened over the weekend, including an express link to the airport, to help take up the burden from the traffic controls.

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Residents laud convenience of city's newest subway lines
20 July 2008
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Beijingers poured into stations of two of the city's three new subway lines yesterday afternoon to hail the start of services.

"We welcome the newly opened Line 10 and the Airport Express with the same enthusiasm as we welcome the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games," said Cao Fengge, a 75-year-old retiree in Tongzhou district, in the eastern part of Beijing.

Mr Cao said the new line would make it easy for him to visit the Fragrant Hills and other scenic spots in the western part of the capital.

"Line 10 runs 25km from Haidian in the western part of Beijing to the central business district, not far from Tongzhou. It's like a long-awaited shortcut for me," he said.

Mr Cao said it usually took him more than two hours to reach the Summer Palace, a former imperial garden, by bus from his home.

"Going to the imperial-garden-turned-park to relax my mind and keep fit is a must for me each week," he said.

"Now I need less than an hour {hellip} The newly opened line saves me time."

Video camera in hand, Hu Dajie, a 52-year-old bus driver, also joined the crowds swarming on to the platform at Line 10's Guomao station ahead of the 2pm opening.

Many of the people standing on the platform raised their cameras to record the celebratory scene as the first Line 10 subway train pulled into the station.

"I just want to get on to the first train to take a look at the brand-new carriages. Also, I will shoot what the train is like with my video camera, so that my family can see," said Mr Hu.

On the Airport Express, which traverses the 28km from Dongzhimen station in the city centre to the Capital Airport's new Terminal 3 every 15 minutes, many passengers said they appreciated the attractive interior of the subway carriages.

"The white walls and light-blue seats create a cosy atmosphere for passengers. I like the design," said Xu Songhua, a passenger preparing to fly to Yunnan province .

"If I take a taxi from my house I have to pay 70 to 80 yuan. But the ticket price for the Airport Express is just 25 yuan [HK$28.50]. It's good news for us because it's relatively cheap," he said.

"Also, I don't have to worry about traffic jams on the highway."

However, the day was not without criticism.

"I don't agree with Mr Xu, because I am not a plane passenger," said a man in his 40s.

"I am an employee at the airport and I commute from downtown. I think the ticket price is too high for me. Can't the government provide a favourable Airport Express ticket price for commuters like me?"

Other people complained that the luggage racks on the Airport Express train were too narrow, and that there were too few armrests on Line 10 carriages.
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SAHWEEEEEEEEEEEEEET! Looks fantastic, hopefully they build more so the air quality gets even better! great investment for future generations!
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Well, that picture scares me a bit. But the design at all looks actually not bad compared to other Chinese mainland metro systems.
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I do believe that I could find my way around in Bejing better than Moscow. Not that other countries are obligated to use English, but it does seem that the Chinese cities are rather generous with English signage.
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