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Old December 16th, 2005, 04:56 AM   #61
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Itīs a beauty, how many more stations will be open for the 2008 Olympics??
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Old December 16th, 2005, 11:04 AM   #62
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Itīs a beauty, how many more stations will be open for the 2008 Olympics??
You may see the map from Subway's Future.
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Old December 16th, 2005, 07:56 PM   #63
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Thanks but whatīs with the eye rolling?
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Old January 8th, 2006, 05:13 AM   #64
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Beijing's Buses : Experimental Brakes to Reduce Pollution

Trial buses aim to cut pollution

Beijing is fitting out 50 of its buses with experimental braking systems that it hopes could cut fuel use by up to 30 percent and help clear its smoggy skies, the China Daily reported.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006
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Beijing is fitting out 50 of its buses with experimental braking systems that it hopes could cut fuel use by up to 30 percent and help clear its smoggy skies, the China Daily reported.

The 50 buses in the trial will be fitted with hydraulic hybrid vehicle technology, which absorbs energy released as a vehicle brakes and allows it to be released when they restart or speed up, the paper said Tuesday.

It can cut fuel consumption by over 30 percent, and emissions by 20-70 percent, it quoted Hu Shenglong, vice president of the manufacturer, Chargeboard Electric Vehicle, as saying.

The test run will last one to two years, but if it is successful Beijing could add the technology to its whole fleet of 18,000 buses, the article quoted a municipal official as saying.

The move is just one of a series of strategies Beijing is sampling or considering to help clear its smog-laden skies before the 2008 Olympics.

It has a trial fuel cell bus plying its roads, and some of its fleet is powered by cleaner gas.

It is also planning to build special networks of high-speed buses in exclusive lanes, to make the vehicles run more efficiently and tempt travelers on to public transport.

The skies over the nation's capital were blue for 234 days last year, the municipal environmental protection center said last week.

But the city had slipped out of a list of the 10 best Chinese cities to live in, China Daily said, citing heavy pollution as one of the problems.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 05:31 AM   #65
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hydraulic hybrid vehicle technology
Nice buzzword. The common term is regenerative braking.

According to Wikipedia the hydraulic braking technology is developed by an Australian company.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 07:18 AM   #66
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It can cut fuel consumption by over 30 percent
That sounds suspiciously optimistic. 30%???

I think a more accurate statement would be "regenerative braking is 30% efficient". That's totally different then reducing fuel consumption by 30%.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 07:28 AM   #67
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Some more information about the hydraulic hybrid technology :
http://www.epa.gov/otaq/technology/#hydraulic

Scania's hybrid fuel cell bus, for example, uses 60% less energy compared to a diesel engine bus. The decrease comes from a combination of a high-efficiency propulsion system, regenerative braking, and the fuel cell system.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:01 AM   #68
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Beijing Airport will have its own railway!

News from Xinhua Agency:
Beijing to build airport-downtown metro
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Old January 9th, 2006, 11:12 AM   #69
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This is great news. I think rail links to airports in large cities are essential. My experience with rail links to the airports at Chicago O'Hare and New York JFK were very pleasant. I wish my current home town of Austin, TX would build rail links to the airport. I live just outside the city and it takes me 40 minutes to get to the airport without traffic.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 10:47 PM   #70
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What? No Maglev? I can't believe it can take up to two hours in traffic!
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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:04 AM   #71
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Any map of the new rail line and trains?

I can't believe they're building a subway instead of a rail road...
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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:08 AM   #72
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Only $2.50? It can cost $100 to get from airport to centre city in some places
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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:24 AM   #73
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yep, $2.50 is quite cheap
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Old January 10th, 2006, 05:28 AM   #74
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I thought this choo choo was always part of the plan for getting Beijing ready for the Olympics.

Arup, who has a big hand in the new terminal at Capital Airport, is also helping design a downtown transport hub, which I'm assuming will be the terminus of the airport express and a link to major subway and bus routes:

http://www.arup.com/eastasia/project.cfm?pageid=2259

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Old January 10th, 2006, 01:00 PM   #75
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What? No Maglev? I can't believe it can take up to two hours in traffic!
Is it worth to build a maglev for just 27km away from downtown Beijing? Don't forget the lessons that had been paid from the Shanghai maglev! A metro is simply enough for this!
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:33 PM   #76
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Only $2.50? It can cost $100 to get from airport to centre city in some places
Depends the cost of using other transportation ... I took a taxi from Beijing Airport to Wangfujin (City Centre) which costed RMB68. It is around 3 times of the proposed fare of the metro.

For HK, the Airport Railway fare is HK$100, and the taxi needs HK$300, also 3 times.

I think RMB20 is reasonable. If it is too expensive, people will simply continue choosing taxi, as it's more convenience.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:38 PM   #77
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Great News! ! And it seems to be cheap enough. Comparing to other cities...
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Old March 18th, 2006, 07:48 PM   #78
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[Photos] Beijing Bus Rapid Transit ("BRT")









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Old March 19th, 2006, 12:14 AM   #79
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I thought they were testing the Mercedes Citaros for the BRT!
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Very nice.....can you show the route it travels on??
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