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Old October 4th, 2007, 01:44 PM   #261
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Xinhua News:
北京地铁5号线车站扫描 紫色长龙张扬23种性格 (1)

北京地铁5号线车站扫描 紫色长龙张扬23种性格 (2)
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Old October 6th, 2007, 03:35 AM   #262
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Does anyone know whether the new ticket price will also go into effect on the 7th, or if we have to wait longer for that? Also, how will the ticket price work - will you still have to pay twice to transfer from the 13 to the 2, and how does the 5 (which has transfers to all three current lines) fit into this?
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Old October 7th, 2007, 03:09 AM   #263
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Big day in Beijing!

Three things happen today in the Beijing subway:

-Most importantly, starting from 2 pm, Line 5 (stretching from Tiantongyuan North in the north to Songjiazhuang in the south, and intersecting with all three existing lines) will finally open!

-Fares will be reduced to a flat 2 RMB across the board, no matter how far you're traveling, how many changes you make, or whether you're using the Yikatong smartcard system or a paper ticket. The only exception will be the airport express, once it's finished. I'm not sure how this will work, especially at the Xizhimen and Dongzhimen transfer stations where you currently have to leave the 13 line station and walk a block to the 2 line (or vice versa), but hopefully the Yikatong will be able to figure it out. With luck, this will end the ridiculous current state of affairs where using Beijing's smartcard actually costs MORE than using the paper ticket.

-On Line 13, the city is getting rid of the automatic gates, and changing to manual collection of tickets (or watching to make sure people swipe). Though this is clearly more inefficient, it's probably a good thing overall, since the current automatic turnstiles break down constantly.

I'll be heading out there this afternoon, hopefully, with camera in tow, and with luck I'll be able to post some shots of opening day!

(All found at today's Xinhua)
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Old October 7th, 2007, 03:37 PM   #264
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That's great!

Do you have an official link?
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Old October 8th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #265
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Does anyone know whether the new ticket price will also go into effect on the 7th, or if we have to wait longer for that? Also, how will the ticket price work - will you still have to pay twice to transfer from the 13 to the 2, and how does the 5 (which has transfers to all three current lines) fit into this?
The News Thread from Xinhua would tell you the answer:
Beijing opens new subway line ahead of Olympics

Note: Please DO NOT click the "Photo Gallery" Link, as you cannot see much photos for this line.
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Old October 9th, 2007, 02:11 AM   #266
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Pictures from opening day! I couldn't make it down there until after dark, so it's not great quality, but I hope it's better than nothing.


People waiting for a southbound train at Lishuiqiao station.




The new official subway map. This was taken at Lishuiqiao, but it's in all the stations and all the Line 5 and Line 13 cars, as well as some of the Line 1 and 2 cars.




The new cars have little flashers above the doors, like the ones on the Lex Ave. Line in NYC, that tell you how far you've gone on the line. I think the most interesting thing is that Huixinxijie Nankou station is already marked as the transfer station with Line 10; a bit ahead of themselves, aren't they?




Besides the famous flatscreen TVs in all cars showing various programs (and, eventually, the Olympics), there are also monitors saying where you are on the line and what stop is next.




The line was very busy, even on (or possibly because of) opening day.




Indeed, the automatic fare gates on Line 13 have been closed, and the card readers have moved substantially backward. This is at Wudaokou station; it's worth noting that the change at transfer stations (Lishuiqiao, Xizhimen, and presumably Dongzhimen though I didn't go there) is even more extreme, since the entire transfer area - an extremely large region, especially for Xizhimen and Dongzhimen - is now behind the fare gates. On the other hand, this is now cheaper and more convenient.




And last, proof of the new fare! And since the transfer stations have been revamped, we at last have one-swipe travel between all areas of Beijing! Now all we need is free transfer to buses, but honestly, given that buses cost all of .40 RMB (about five cents US) when using the Yikatong, I don't really care that much... This is also at Wudaokou. Apologies for the quality.

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Old October 9th, 2007, 05:58 AM   #267
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more openning day pics

















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Old October 9th, 2007, 10:27 AM   #268
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hehe, I see people kissing on the escalator, for celebration?
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Old October 9th, 2007, 11:37 AM   #269
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Are there platform gate doors in all underground stations of line 5?
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Old October 9th, 2007, 12:14 PM   #270
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Nice !!!
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Old October 9th, 2007, 12:15 PM   #271
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Are there platform gate doors in all underground stations of line 5?
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Old October 10th, 2007, 03:41 AM   #272
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This station is nice overall but not WOW, compared with other Chinese metro stations.

They really need to get rid of these tacky steel/chrome like stripes that surrounds the signs windows whatever its so outdated. I'm at a lost at Beijing sometimes they do so well in certain things but when it comes to metro entrances well they suck.

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Old October 10th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #273
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I agree, the stations are good to look at but there is no WOW Factor to them.

I've seen way better Metro stations in China than in Beijing even if its just new.
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For what it's worth, this was taken at Wudaokou - one of the old stations on the 13 line - rather than one of the new Line 5 stations. Your point is certainly valid, though. Still, given the other improvements that could be made to Beijing's subway, that one's not high on my priority list...
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Old October 12th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #275
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LOL @ big-dog's last picture
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Old October 12th, 2007, 10:57 AM   #276
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poor couple.

Some more pics taken from Tiantongyuan on the opening day, 10.7. Beijing looks pretty cold from the pics.









First ride!


In station


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Old October 12th, 2007, 11:05 AM   #277
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Beijing's subway construction time table

By 2015, Beijing will have a total of 571km metro length.

2007.10.7 Line 5, opened

2008.5 Beijing-Tianjin express rail

2008.6.30 Line 8 phase I, line 10, airport light rail, Beijing west-beijing station link, total length 208km;

2009.9.30 Line 4

2010.7 Line 9, Line Yizhuang, total length 288km

2012 Line 6, Line 8 phase II, Line 11, Line 15, Line daxing, total 415km

2015 Line 7, Line 14, Line Changping, Line Fangshan, Line Datai, total 571km

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2015年前北京轨道交通通车时间表

2008年6月30日开通8号线1期、10号线、机场线、北京西站-北京站线, 通车里程达到208公里

2008年5月开通京津城铁

2009年9月30日开通4号线

2010年7月开通9号线、亦庄线 通车里程达到288公里

2012年开通6号线、8号线2期、11号线(10号线2期先开通)、15号线(新国展顺义线)、大兴线(4号线南延)

通车里程达到415公里。

2015年开通7号线、14号线、昌平线、房山线、大台线(门头沟线)通车里程571公里。
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Old October 25th, 2007, 06:16 AM   #278
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I love the colour of Line 5, very nice

and more, it's only 2 Yuan to have a through ticket now, that's VERY cheap!

I took line 5 the first day it opened, it's nothing like the old lines... more information you could find from some kind of computer in the station and really useful, they tell you what bus you can transfer and they show you the map of the area, anyway, finally see something of 21st century
but, i still like the old lines, there are many stories of them... and they have also gotten rid of the ticket from 80's now it's like this:
I kept one and scanned!

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Old October 30th, 2007, 01:10 PM   #279
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Beijing Subway Route 6 would be built by this year

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Beijing to build its longest subway this year
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Old October 30th, 2007, 03:41 PM   #280
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Good news Beijing needs more metros
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