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Old June 12th, 2010, 08:52 AM   #781
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Is there a reason why the trains (Airport Express) are manually operated versus automated? The main selling feature of the ART system is the automation.
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Old June 12th, 2010, 09:04 AM   #782
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I guess labour is cheap and it's also a confidence measure in case the computers fail.
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Old June 13th, 2010, 03:33 AM   #783
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Approaching one end of the main drag, this section of road lacks curbs. Interesting to note is that these are actually trolley buses running off-wire.

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How do these buses work? Battery? Hybrid buses with diesel engines?

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Nearby is the Beijing Railway Museum. I was actually hoping to visit the Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Center, but it was closed that day.

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Old June 13th, 2010, 06:57 AM   #784
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Beijing Railway Museum ... I kept going around the building for the entrance but no luck!
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Old June 13th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #785
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How do these buses work? Battery? Hybrid buses with diesel engines?
Battery power, at least until they get back under some overhead. If I understand correctly, this is part of the permanent route, as buses now detour one block to the east since 2000, when the adjacent section of Wangfujing was closed off to vehicular traffic. I guess maybe they decided not to build replacement overhead for aesthetic reasons, and improvements in battery technology have turned this into a non-issue. Perhaps one of the Beijing forumers knows better.
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Old August 21st, 2010, 10:46 PM   #786
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The third line of the Beijing Subway is numbered 13. Anyone know the reason why?
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 03:14 AM   #787
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What's the construction update on the subway? Have read somewhere that two - three new (suburban) subway lines will be finished this year. Is this true?
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 08:37 PM   #788
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What's the construction update on the subway? Have read somewhere that two - three new (suburban) subway lines will be finished this year. Is this true?
5 new lines are supposed to open this December: Changping, Yizhuang, Daxing, Fangshan and 15 (phase 1). Lines 6, 8 (phase 2), 9, 10 (phase 2) seem to be advancing nicely. Hoping for a 2012 opening.
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Old August 22nd, 2010, 08:58 PM   #789
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And Daxing line will be part of line 4, according to Crazypedia (Wikipedia ).
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 11:50 AM   #790
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5 new lines are supposed to open this December: Changping, Yizhuang, Daxing, Fangshan and 15 (phase 1). Lines 6, 8 (phase 2), 9, 10 (phase 2) seem to be advancing nicely. Hoping for a 2012 opening.
Thanks ibz, found them on the subway map. Seems like it's gonna put even more pressure on subway line 1 until number 6 or south part of 10 is ready. Was hoping that one of them would open soon, it's very crowded now as it is.
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Old September 3rd, 2010, 12:25 AM   #791
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Fantastic metro system, i love the different interiors in the trains.
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Old September 4th, 2010, 12:12 AM   #792
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Upcoming openings are: Line 4 southern extension (formerly Daxing line), Line 15 (Running off line 13 to the Northeast), Chanping line (running off line 13 to the North), and Yizhuang line (like a line 5 southern extension). According to Wikipedia, the Line 4 extension will open in october, the line 15 (From Wangjing West to Houshayu) in December and the Changping and Yizhuang lines by the end of this year (Maybe December too?). The Fangshan line, which is shown by Wikipedia as opening in December, will actually open in 2011 (Wiki again, but in the page of the line).
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Old September 4th, 2010, 02:17 PM   #793
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Great post quashlo, tnx
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Old September 5th, 2010, 10:56 AM   #794
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Upcoming openings are: Line 4 southern extension (formerly Daxing line), Line 15 (Running off line 13 to the Northeast), Chanping line (running off line 13 to the North), and Yizhuang line (like a line 5 southern extension). According to Wikipedia, the Line 4 extension will open in october, the line 15 (From Wangjing West to Houshayu) in December and the Changping and Yizhuang lines by the end of this year (Maybe December too?). The Fangshan line, which is shown by Wikipedia as opening in December, will actually open in 2011 (Wiki again, but in the page of the line).
Thanks. How many kilometers in total will the Beijing metro be adding in 2010?
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Old September 5th, 2010, 01:10 PM   #795
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I don't know exactly, because Wikipedia shows the lenght of line 15 from Beishatan to Fengbo and not by parts, but I would say 90 km of subway will be open by the end of the year.
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Old September 5th, 2010, 03:51 PM   #796
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Beijing will have 5 new subway lines opening by the end of this year. This is great news for Beijing esp when Beijing's vehicle number has reached 4.5 million.

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Beijing is predicted to have 4.5 million automotive vehicles this week as some 2,000 new vehicles edge into the already crowded road each day, reported the Legal Evening News.

Statistics from the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau show about 13,000 more motor vehicles hit the road last week, from Aug 23 to Aug 30.

Compared to last week, seven more streets became severely congested, with the traffic speed decreased to less than 20 kilometers an hour.

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Old September 5th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #797
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Magnetic Train Line S1 to Start Construction Next Month
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China tests new Maglev Train

This is an old youtube from over the summer.

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A model of a medium-and-low-speed magnetic levitation train on display. [Photo: CFP]

2010-08-30 13:34:15



The second magnetically raised railway, the S1 line, to come into commercial operation in China, will start construction in two weeks' time, connecting Beijing's eastern and western suburbs.

The S1 line will span 20 kilometers and 12 stations, running from Shimenying in the western district of Mentougou to Cishousi station in the east.

Wang Hongzhong, head of the Mentougou district government, gave details of the project ahead of Beijing's upcoming fourth southwestern regional economic development forum and said construction would begin on September 14.

He also revealed his authority would build a series of projects along the S1 line and a westward extension line of Chang'an Avenue, Beijing's major east-west road.

Since being made public in May, the proposed maglev line has sparked protests by hundreds of residents living along the route. Some signed a petition opposing the project and sent it to the departments concerned, saying they feared the maglev train would produce harmful radiation and too much noise.

However, experts who took part in the environmental evaluation of the project said it would not cause any harm as low-to-medium-speed maglev trains are pollution-free and have low-noise levels.

The construction of S1 Line will be divided into two parts. The western part will be in operation by the end of 2013 and the eastern part by 2017.
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Old September 6th, 2010, 08:55 PM   #798
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What would be the speed of these trains?
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Old September 7th, 2010, 05:40 AM   #799
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100km/h, it's called low-speed maglev, but faster than normal subway trains.
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Old September 7th, 2010, 07:14 AM   #800
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It is kinda controversial though. Most residents will be horrified if a maglev is planned to go through their community. Protesters in Shanghai, as well as some negative opinions from the central government, have delayed the extension of Pudong Airport maglev to Hongqiao Airport for a long time--I am not even sure this could be done eventually. Plus many technical issues arise for this low-speed maglev too.

Economically I think a light rail or metro line will do better than low-speed maglev, but they might have other thoughts.
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