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Old January 25th, 2011, 07:45 AM   #181
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Guangzhou, China, Wins Sustainable Transport Prize



The award-winning transport system in Guangzhou, in south China's Guangdong province, includes not only Bus Rapid Transit but wide, tree-lined bicycle lanes and a tie-in to the large city's rail network.

Photograph by Li Huang, Color China Photo/AP

By Josie Garthwaite
For National Geographic News
Published January 24, 2011

This story is part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge.


A bike-sharing program, wide bicycle lanes lined with trees, and a huge bus system that ties in with the city rail network are all part of the recipe for a winning transportation system in Guangzhou, China, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

ITDP, an international nonprofit that works with cities on projects to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the quality of urban life, named Guangzhou the winner of its 2011 Sustainable Transport Award at a ceremony Monday night in Washington, D.C.

Guangzhou clinched the prize, said Jessica Morris, senior program director for ITDP, largely because it surpassed expectations. The bus rapid transit system, which opened in February 2010, "carries an awful lot of people," as many as 800,000 a day, she said, making it one of the world's largest. Perhaps more importantly, the new bus system "hooks up seamlessly" with rail as well as "idyllic" bicycle paths and bike-sharing stations, and helps to make the city "more livable."

Serving More Than The Economy

ITDP has been working closely with Guangzhou to build out the bus and bike infrastructure, she said, and the city's recent transportation efforts make it a place that "goes against the idea of a burgeoning Chinese metropolis that's only serving the economy." Experts say that easing congestion and reducing pollution from the transportation sector in China—with its increasingly urban and car-buying population—will require coordination of land-use planning, information technology, and mass-transit development, as well as cleaner vehicles.

(Read more on China’s efforts here: "On China’s Roads and Rails, a Move To Greener Transit.")

Zhong-Ren Peng, who chairs the University of Florida's Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is an expert in transportation planning in China, noted in an email that Guangzhou did much work in transportation and planning in preparation for serving as host to the 16th annual Asian Games in November, just as Shanghai did in preparation for last year's World Expo.

The projects and progress that ITDP seeks to reward are about more than going green. According to Morris, the committee of organizations assembled to nominate and select cities for the prize look for three factors in a "sustainable" transportation system: The system should benefit both the city’s environment and its economy, and it should be equitable, meaning "you should be able to move about your city regardless of income level," she explained.

(Related from National Geographic, "China’s Middle Class: Gilded Age, Gilded Cage")

In recent years, the Sustainable Transport Award has gone to New York in the United States; Paris, France; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Seoul, South Korea; and Bogotá, Colombia. Ahmadabad, India, snagged the award last year for opening what the ITDP described as the country's first full bus rapid transit system.

This year, Guangzhou beat out nominees León, Guanajuato, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Nantes, France; and Tehran, Iran, where the "local climate, topography, and sharp growth in private cars have all conspired to create a lingering air-quality emergency over the city," said Lloyd Wright, Executive Director of Viva Cities, in a news release about the nominations.

Tehran's Effort Amid Controversy

Each of the nominated cities took steps in 2010 to shake up its transportation system, according to ITDP. Tehran's journey has been particularly fraught with controversy, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Tehran Mayor Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf have clashed over funding for an expanded underground rail system. One of the world's most densely populated metropolitan areas, Tehran also introduced congestion charging and expanded its bus rapid transit. "Even more boldly," according to the ITDP, Tehran's government has "begun the process of reducing fuel subsidies."

Over the weekend, however, the Tehran-e Emrouz newspaper reported that the Iran Foreign Ministry had denied Qalibaf permission to travel to the United States for Monday's conference.

Nantes made it into the ITDP's top five for its efforts to integrate bus and tramway systems, while also promoting bicycling. In Lima, a "long-awaited" first step toward "creating an integrated citywide sustainable transport system," came in the form of a new bus rapid transit system. And León has boosted rail and bus ridership while keeping the portion of trips taken by bicycle or on foot among the largest of any Latin American city at more than 39 percent, according to the ITDP.

Jiangping Zhou, ITDP's Policy Director in Beijing, believes Guangzhou’s efforts could be replicated in other Chinese cities. "If something can happen there," he said, "it can happen in Shanghai and Beijing."

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Old June 28th, 2011, 07:27 AM   #182
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Five subway lines, 110km opening in Shenzhen today

6.26.2011

Line 1 extension
Line 2 East extension (Shekou Line): 35.748km, 29 underground stations
Line 3 (Long Gang line): 42km, 30 stations (15 underground, 15 elevated)
Line 4 & line 5

By today Shenzhen has 178km total subway length.

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Old September 25th, 2011, 07:48 AM   #183
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Urumqi BRT opened on 8-28-2011

Line 1 and Line 3









Line 3 new buses





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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:23 AM   #184
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 04:29 AM   #185
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 07:13 AM   #186
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Cool video. I like the interior design, look very futuristic. There are improvement in Chinese designer quality.

But there are some flaws in the design concept.

1. They should make the pillar smaller like a pole, rather than a full wall, to make it less intimidating to private car driver below.

2. They should use stair to load and unload passenger rather than the slow elevator. Elevator look great at the video, but not efficient in practical.

3. When there are emergency situation broke out. I'm agree with the open-able windows. But the emergency stair below the bus should be replaced with Firefighter Station pole, where passenger can sliding down faster like firefighter in the emergency situation.


Seeing the video, the bus has another problem with turning left-right. The presentation in the video above of turning left-right (2.17) is not realistic. Replacing the walled pillar to pole type pillar solve the problem I think.

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Old May 8th, 2012, 05:59 AM   #187
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Xiamen BRT





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Old May 8th, 2012, 06:00 AM   #188
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 08:28 AM   #189
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Non-stop China-Vietnam bus service launched
(Shanghai Daily/Xinhua, Aug. 23)

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A non-stop bus service linking Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, with Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, opened on Wednesday.

Prior to the new service, passengers had to change coaches after going through customs checks. The 381-km direct trip takes 7.5 hours.
more: http://www.shanghaidaily.org/article...a.asp?id=90627
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April 1 2014

Suzhou tram construction udate





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Old April 1st, 2014, 07:47 AM   #191
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Yichang central bus station

Located in Yichang, Hubei Province, this structure was opened July 1 2012, connecting with Yichang East Railway Station.

Recently it gets popular online since it looks like three, coffins What a design!





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April 1 2014

Wuhan: Rt #597 starts to use electric buses





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Suzhou tram Line 1 will open in October

Train: 5-car, 32m, capacity: 382 persons





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Do You have any more details about this? Who is the manufacturer of the carriages?
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it's manufactured by CSR Nanjing Puzhen (a Bombardier partner). The technology is Bombardier Flexity 2.
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Too bad there isn't any more photos.
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More tram photos from Railway Gazette:





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Hexi tram line will open July or Aug

Construction pics




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April 17

Shanghai's new trolley bus will put in use





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Sanya, Hainan Province

May 16
Sanya to build 60km, 4 tram lines

Sanya government is collecting public opinions to build the following 4 tram lines:
  • T1 and T1 branch
  • T2 and T2 branch
  • T3
  • T4



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三亚将建4条有轨电车(含2条支线),线网总长60公里。5月16日,海南省三亚市交通局公开征询社会公众对三亚建有轨电车意见和建议。

T1线是市区骨干线路,承担城市生活服务、旅游观光和机场集疏运功能。起点为凤凰机场,终点为建港路,途经机场路、海虹路、三亚湾路、金鸡岭路、胜利路。T1支线起点为三亚火车站,终点为胜利路,途经育秀路、海润路、凤凰路。

T2线起点为海月广场,终点为吉阳镇,途经胜利路、迎宾路、223国道。T2支线起点为荣明花园,终点为月川,途经金鸡岭路、凤凰路。

T3线起点为海坡,终点为天涯海角,途经海坡、新城路,225国道。

T4线为市区骨干线路,主要承担城市生活服务、旅游观光和三亚火车站集疏运功能,支线提供面向凤凰岛邮轮母港的集疏运服务。起点为三亚火车站,终点为红沙,途经育秀路、海润路、凤凰路、榆亚路。T4支线起点为凤凰路(龙岭路),终点为凤凰岛,途经龙岭路、跃进路。
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