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Old July 25th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #481
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Old July 25th, 2008, 05:53 PM   #482
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I'm impressed by all those dirty questions here in the transport forum. I find it unbelievable, such a dirty language and hate to each other sometimes...
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Old July 25th, 2008, 11:09 PM   #483
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Old July 26th, 2008, 08:25 AM   #484
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I find this post highly hilarious. Lead paint isn't illegal in China, nor was it in the US before 1972 (although it probably should be).
Doesn't matter that it was legal until 1972, 1972 is 36 years ago and obviously if you are making a product for commercial distribution in another jurisdiction you have to conform to target jurisdiction's laws. Everybody knows that, and anybody who doesn't shouldn't be in the business.
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The toothpaste is a pretty bad screwup, but they will fix it.
Which makes it all better and excuses the fact that it happened in the first place.
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But the irony is that Mattel recalled (before I lost count) 60 million toys last year, two of which was due to lead paint.
Lead paint that originated in China.
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The rest were design flaws such as small magnets that could be swallowed. The Chinese actually built them to specification. But crap built to specs is still crap. No wonder Mattel quickly backtracked and apologized.
I never mentioned the magnets because that's off topic - the magnets had nothing to do with the Chinese.

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And cave in subway building? I'm sure construction accidents never happen anywhere else. Nope.
Oh it happens elsewhere, just ask L.A.; where the engineers are being SUED FOR INCOMPETENCE!

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On a more grand scale, according to CNN, the US alone imported 220 million toys (with a B, quantity, not value) from China. Two million out of 220 million is quality western makers never achieved.
In 2007, 48% of all liability insurance reports concern products from China.

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And your rant on TTC metro, as someone who lived in Toronto, I found that highly hilarious too.

Unlike what you said, Toronto isn't in a sesmic zone, volcanic zone, not on the edge of the desert like Beijing,
I never said Toronto had earthquakes, volcanoes, or deserts. Please quote next time instead of making stuff up to suit you.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 10:27 AM   #485
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I thought the system was automated (because they were using MK II Vehicles)... I guess not.
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Old July 27th, 2008, 11:25 AM   #486
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Doesn't matter that it was legal until 1972, 1972 is 36 years ago and obviously if you are making a product for commercial distribution in another jurisdiction you have to conform to target jurisdiction's laws. Everybody knows that, and anybody who doesn't shouldn't be in the business.
Really? So only Americans buy toys?

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Which makes it all better and excuses the fact that it happened in the first place.
Nope. But doesn't make it any worse, quality wise or the pain it causes wise, than "higher quality" E-Coli spinach. I wonder what low quality spinach is then...

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Lead paint that originated in China.
Along with a lot of choking hazards designed by Mattel.

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I never mentioned the magnets because that's off topic - the magnets had nothing to do with the Chinese.
Sorry to burst your bubbles buddy. When you are addressing the quality of Chinese produced goods (which you are), then a reference point of supposedly high quality goods is on topic, because everything is relative.

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Oh it happens elsewhere, just ask L.A.; where the engineers are being SUED FOR INCOMPETENCE!
Precisely. But your first result was to claim the Chinese culture of corruption and lack of professionalism and business ethics. If it happens in L.A. too, the only conclusion one could draw is that the US/Canada/other developed countries are equally corrupt and lacking in professionalism.

Or you could draw the far more senile conclusion that these are merely isolated events which has nothing to do with culture...

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In 2007, 48% of all liability insurance reports concern products from China.
90% of all consumer products come from China. Seem to me they are doing a superb job. So the next time you want to comment on their quality, make sure to give them a pat on the back for a top notch job.

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I never said Toronto had earthquakes, volcanoes, or deserts. Please quote next time instead of making stuff up to suit you.
Make stuff up? HA. I don't imply that did say such things. But you did imply that the TTC system is reference quality. And when you hold something else to be reference quality, it has to stand up to scrutiny.

And as mentioned, in my years in Toronto, especially in winter seasons, my belief is that the TTC system is a monumental failure.
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Old August 4th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #487
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Capital on fast track to become the world's biggest subway

2008-08-04

Beijing's bigger and better subway system has been a long time incoming. But like everything in China, its rate of growth in the past year has been phenomenal.

Four new lines and about 50 new stations opened over the past year in the lead up to the Games. By the middle of the next decade, the Beijing subway will become the world's largest and play a key role in taking cars off the city's roads.

From 2002 the city invested more than $7.69 billion on the new subway system. By 2015 there are plans for 19 lines in total and 561 km of track linking almost every part of the city.

When completed, this massive network of tracks and stations will surpass London's 415 km of subway and New York's 371 km.

Beijing was the first city on the mainland to build a subway and planning began in the early 1960s. Construction began in 1965 and the subway was finally opened on China's National Day in 1969.

The first line ran 21 km from the army barracks in the Western Hills to the Beijing Railway Station. This line forms the basis for parts of today's Lines 1 and 2, which includes the stop at Tian'anmen Square.

In 2001, the city won the bid to host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and officials accelerated plans to expand the subway. The next additions were surface commuter lines that ran to the north and east of the city. Line 13 was a half loop that links the northern suburbs, first opened in 2002.

The Batong line became an extension to Line 1 and was opened as a separate line in 2003. As more lines were laid, more commuters went underground. There were more than 607 million subway rides in 2004.

Three years later, No 5 came alive making it the city's first north-south line.

Last month, three new links (Line 10, the Olympic line and Airport line) opened to increase the number of subway lines in the Chinese capital to eight.

The total length of track is now 200 km. The use of paper tickets, hand checked by clerks for 38 years, was discontinued in June this year and replaced by electronic tickets that are scanned by automatic fare collection machines.

And to encourage more commuting, the price to ride the subway was slashed to 2 yuan (27 US cents).

Local Beijingers are praising the new lines because the system saves time. Some commuters, living beyond the 5th Ring Road, are saving more than two hours a day in travel time.

The low-cost and high-speed subway ride will also encourage more people to commute, taking cars off the road helping to alleviate the city's infamous traffic jams and improve the environment.

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Old October 1st, 2008, 09:52 PM   #488
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Beijing speeds up subway construction after Olympics

2008-10-01


BEIJING -- Construction of two new subways, Lines 7 and 14, will start here late this year, according to an official from the Municipal Committee of Communications.

Zhou Zhengyu, deputy chief of the Beijing Municipal Committee of Communications, said on Tuesday that planners would also do their best to get started on Line 15 this year. That line will link Shunyi, which lies near the Beijing airport in the northeastern suburbs, to the downtown area.
When work starts on Lines 7 and 14, there will be nine lines in progress with a combined length exceeding 200 km.

"Eight of the nine projects will have been finished by 2012, when the national capital will have 14 subway lines and routes in service will have reached 400 kilometers," said Zhou.

There are eight subway lines in Beijing with a total length of 200 km. They are Lines 1, 2, 5, 10, 13, the Batong Line (an extension of Line 1), the airport express and a branch that links the Olympic Green with Line 10.

The projected Line 7 will start at the West Railway Station of Beijing and end in Chaoyang District, east Beijing. It will be 17 km long and cost about 8.8 billion yuan (about 1.26 billion US dollars).

According to the website of the municipal commission of development and reform, Line 14 will be 42.2 km long. It will begin at the "Marco Polo Bridge", pass the Beijing South Railway Station and end in the northeast.

Line 14 will be built in two phases. Initially, 30 km of this line will be completed at a cost of 18 billion yuan. Detailed designs for this line, however, are still being modified and finalized.

Zhou added Beijing would have a rail network of 561 km by 2015, and new towns in the seven suburban areas of Beijing, such as Changping, Shunyi and Mentougou, will be connected to the center city by light rail or subway.

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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:55 PM   #490
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Beijing aiming for world's longest subway system

Beijing aiming for world's longest subway system

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Beijing is set to overtake London as the city with the longest subway system in the world, with China's capital planning to stretch its subway rail to more than 500 kilometres by 2012.
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according to the latest report,13 new subway lines will be in operation by 2012,and near 10 new lines are under construction now in the city.

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Old January 16th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #495
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Old January 16th, 2009, 02:10 PM   #498
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Oh My God how beautiful this subway! Clean and Neat! a newly constructed subway?
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Old January 16th, 2009, 02:16 PM   #499
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yes,they are newly constructed,(line 5,line8,line 10.)and other 13 new lines will be finished by 2012.
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It looks awesome, but where is every one?
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