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Old December 12th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #141
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Great.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 02:35 PM   #142
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Old December 13th, 2006, 04:18 AM   #143
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Beijing to Cancel Half Century-Old Monthly Bus Pass

Beijing to cancel half century-old monthly bus pass next year

BEIJING, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- The monthly bus pass, which Beijing commuters have used for 56 years to ride around the city for pennies will no longer be available after Jan. 1, said sources from the municipal communication committee.

A monthly bus pass costs only 45 yuan (5.8 U.S. dollars) for adults and 20 yuan (2.6 U.S. dollars) for students and can be used 146 times per month.

Statistics show passengers on average used their bus passes 86 times a month costing them only 0.52 yuan (six U.S. cents) a ride.

The move aims to improve the city's bus service and divert more passengers to the buses with air conditioners, which are less crowded but don't accept monthly passes.

To keep the cost of a bus trip down, the city is expected to offer a 60 percent discount for people using electronic bus cards which passengers swipe each time they board a bus deducting the cost of each trip, according to the committee. With the discount a bus ride will still cost only about five U.S. cents a trip.

The effort will also help attract more passengers to travel by bus rather than private cars and taxies, hoping to ease traffic congestion in Beijing, said Qi Jia, director of Charges Management Department of the Municipal Development and Reform Commission.

A ride on Beijing's inner city subways costs 3 yuan (26 U.S. cents).
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Old December 13th, 2006, 02:44 PM   #144
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Old December 13th, 2006, 02:57 PM   #145
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lol sounds great about the colour schemes... so jealous i dont live in beijing!
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Old December 21st, 2006, 08:46 AM   #146
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Free parking lots to be built near bus, subway stations in Beijing

BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Free parking lots will be built near subway and bus stops in Beijing to encourage drivers to use public transport in downtown Beijing, an official said Monday.

Twenty-six free or low-cost large-scale parking lots are included in the plan to reduce traffic jams in downtown Beijing, said Zhou Nansen, a member of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Planning.

The first two, located near some subway stations in Beijing, will each cover about 20 acres, Zhou said.

Parking fees will be much lower than the usual downtown rate of two yuan an hour (0.25 US dollars), Zhou said.

To fight traffic jams, Beijing will take more measures to encourage people to use public transport.

The old monthly bus passes on Beijing's 447 bus lines will be phased out in favor of new digital passes which will entitle commuters to a 60 percent discount starting Jan. 1, 2007, said Li Jianguo, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Communication.

Bus routes will be redesigned. Over 110 duplicate routes will be eliminated and 1,500 buses will be transferred to new routes stretching to 300 communities, Li said.

Beijing invested 11.67 billion yuan (1.48 billion US dollars) in public transport service construction this year, according to Beijing Municipal Commission of Communication.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 05:19 AM   #147
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Trial runs on subway for Beijing Olympics to start in June
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BEIJING (AP) - Trial runs on a subway line that will serve the Beijing Summer Olympics start at the end of June, state media reported Sunday.

Construction of the No. 5 line, which cuts through the heart of the city, is finished with workers building the last station, Ding Shukui, deputy manager of the city's rail traffic company, was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency.

"Trial operations begin on June 30," Ding said.

The 27.6-kilometer (17.1-mile) north-south line runs through the eastern part of the downtown area. Construction began in late 2002 and cost 12 billion yuan (US$1.55 billion; euro1.14 billion), Xinhua said.

The subway cars will also be equipped with a wireless communication network so live broadcasts of the Olympics can be shown on televisions in each car.

Beijing has 95 kilometers (56 miles) of mass transit rail lines but by the Olympics, which start in August 2008, there will be nine lines totaling 200 kilometers (124 miles), Xinhua said, including the 28.1-kilometer (17.5-mile) airport extension from downtown to the new Beijing Capital International Airport which opens June 30 next year.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 05:27 AM   #148
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I think you're the one that is confused here
Lol.... funny. . . by his second response you should know he was just foolin around.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 05:31 AM   #149
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I hope you do realise text based communication is not the ideal medium for conveying sarcasm.

Can we get back on topic?
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Old May 1st, 2007, 07:53 AM   #150
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Old May 1st, 2007, 08:29 AM   #151
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I was being SARCASTIC.

A concept you Aussies clearly don't understand...

*In other words: I know this line will be 4+ km long (just by the fact that a metro line of 4000 km would mean Beijing is either a huge city or the planners got their facts all wrong), and that the 'confusion' here arises because of the mix-up of commas and dots.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 06:44 PM   #152
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Beijing unveils new subway as cars hit 3 million mark

BEIJING, May 25 (Reuters Life!) - Beijing unveiled a new state of the art subway line Friday which it hopes will help persuade the city's car owners to leave their vehicles at home and ease congestion before the 2008 Olympics.

New vehicles are hitting the roads of Beijing at a rate of more than 1,000 a day and the 3 million mark will be reached on Saturday, according to the city's transport commission.

"Tomorrow we'll have Beijing's 3 millionth vehicle on the road," Zhou Zhengyu, deputy director of the commission, said.

"In a time when the city is becoming more and more crowded, to develop public transportation is an important way of easing Beijing's traffic congestion."

The new 12.7 billion yuan ($1.66 billion) subway line will open to the public on Sept. 20 and run for 27 km (17 miles) along a north-south axis, passing about a mile east of Tiananmen Square.

The carriages are a refreshing contrast to the old rolling stock running on Beijing's four existing lines, with good lighting, air conditioning and plasma screens to entertain the passengers.

Three additional lines scheduled to open before next August's Olympics, including an express line to the new airport and a special branch line to the Olympic Green, will increase the current 114 km of track to 200 km.

After the Games, further investment, which is currently running at about 30 billion yuan ($3.92 billion) a year on transport infrastructure, will see 561 km of track on the network by 2015.

The roads of the Chinese capital are regularly snarled up with traffic jams, reflecting the rapid growth of car ownership by the city's burgeoning middle class.

For many years the bicycle was king in Beijing and by 1978 there were still only 77,000 cars. China's opening up to the outside world changed that and the 1 million mark was reached in 1997 and 2003 saw the total pass 2 million.
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Old May 25th, 2007, 09:56 PM   #153
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What a pretentious idea. Give it a few years and you won't be able to see these "musical pieces" in the tunnel because it will be inch thick in dust. Seems like a case of style of substance to me.
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Old May 26th, 2007, 12:33 AM   #154
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I hope you do realise text based communication is not the ideal medium for conveying sarcasm.

Can we get back on topic?
Yes we can. Though I'm amazed to see this has been brought back to life after almost half a year...
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Old May 26th, 2007, 11:58 PM   #155
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Are there any photos from this new line yet?
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Old June 8th, 2007, 08:48 AM   #156
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Beijing Subway Line 5 Starts Opertional Testing

Subway line 5 is a north-south line that intersects with line 13, line 2 and line one. It's planned first day of opertions is in October of this year. Operational Testing starts today. System powerup is planned at the end of September.

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Old June 8th, 2007, 05:56 PM   #157
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It's good to know, thanks!
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Old June 8th, 2007, 06:36 PM   #158
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It is a light metro ?
I ask that because the train look narrow.
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Old June 11th, 2007, 03:40 PM   #159
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mini-sized bangkok airport :O
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Old June 12th, 2007, 09:54 AM   #160
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Looks like it's going to be a light metro
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