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Old January 1st, 2006, 10:29 AM   #101
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China's electrified railway mileage ranks world's third
29 December 2005
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, December 29 (CEIS) -- China's electrified railway mileage has surpassed 20,000 kilometers, ranking the third in the world after Russia and Germany, the Beijing Daily said in a report published on December 28.

China achieved the goal with the recent completion of a 625-km electrified railway line which links Chongqing in southwest China and Huaihua in central China's Hunan Province.

By the end of 2005, China has completed construction of 43 electrified railway lines with a total length of 20,132 km, the report said.

China began to build its first electrified railway line, the Baoji-Fengzhou railway line, in 1958.
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Old January 2nd, 2006, 05:59 AM   #102
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Subway expansion completed in Tianjin, trial operation due next March
29 December 2005
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

TIANJIN, December 29 (CEIS) -- The No. 1 subway expansion project in Tianjin, the largest port city in north China, which was completed on December 28, will begin trial operation on March 28, 2006.

A test run was conducted on the newly completed subway tracks on December 28, sources from Tianjin Subway Corporation said.

Tianjin is China's second city built with a subway system. But because of low construction standards, the old subway failed to play a key role in diverting passenger flows after it was put into traffic in 1984.

The expansion project, which began in November 2002, was carried out on the basis of the outdated 7.4 km subway section. With a budget of 7.8 billion yuan (about 962 million U.S. dollars), the expanded subway is 26.2 km long and is built with 22 stops, including eight elevated open-air stops and one ground stop. Each stop is installed with automatic ticket vending machines.

A corporate spokesman predicted the expanded subway system, which connects six administrative districts from north to south, would haul 48,100 journeys an hour at most.

According to him, Tianjin will plan to build six new tracked routes in the years to come and by the year of 2050, the city will have a tracked transport network with its length totaling 154 km.

At present, the city's second and third subway projects, with a combined budget of 20 billion yuan (2.47 billion U.S. dollars), are under preparation.

Subway service is now available in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, as well as Guangzhou and Shenzhen, both in south China's Guangdong Province.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 05:18 AM   #104
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China to invest $20 bln in railways in 2006

BEIJING, Jan 6 (Reuters) - China plans to invest 160 billion yuan ($19.8 billion) in railway construction in 2006, but is still likely to face problems with transportation bottlenecks over the next five years, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

"China's large-scale railway construction will boom over the next five years. Shortages in transportation capacity will remain and development of the transportation market is not mature," Xinhua quoted Minister of Railways Liu Zhijun as saying.

However the ministry would make transporting key commodities, such as coal, oil, grain and fertilizer, a priority.

It also planned to raise the speed of trains for the sixth time in October, it said.

China's rail and shipping networks have struggled to keep up with the country's fast-growing economy, which expanded 9.8 percent in 2004 according to recently revised figures.

Foreign companies such as France's Alstom, German conglomerate Siemens AG, Canada's Bombardier Inc. and Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries are all vying to sell railway equipment and expertise to China.

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Old January 8th, 2006, 08:23 PM   #105
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Shanghai Metro Line No. 4 opens, few riders
1 January 2006
Shanghai Daily

Metro Line No. 4 went into operation yesterday, connecting the city's first three metro lines and providing a new link between Pudong and Puxi.

About 30,000 people took the line on the first day of operations, said the Shanghai Metro Operation Company.

The figure was far below the expected passenger flow of 150,000 people a day, but officials attributed it to the new line's late opening at 8:45am, well after the start of morning rush hour.

Starting today, the line will run on a normal schedule with the first trains heading out at around 6am.

Metro operators also noted that many companies were closed yesterday for the New Year, which cut into passenger numbers.

Besides, many commuters still didn't know about the new line and are unfamiliar with its route.

Despite the low number of commuters, many said they are thrilled the line is finally up and running.

"It will be easy for me to go to work and I won't be delayed by ground traffic congestion," said Hong Yan, who works on Jiangsu Road.
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Old January 9th, 2006, 05:51 PM   #106
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China Rail Company Plans Express to Tibet
By ELAINE KURTENBACH
9 January 2006

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Banking on the appetite of foreign and newly wealthy Chinese tourists for adventure, with five-star amenities, a Shanghai-based company plans to set up luxury express railway lines to Tibet's Himalayan capital, Lhasa.

The trains, equipped with king-sized beds, butler service and oxygen canisters to combat effects of the high altitude, will run from major cities such as Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou, Wei Yumei, director of the publicity department of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Co. said Monday.

The luxury trains are to run along a recently completed high-altitude route between Xining, in western China's Qinghai province, and Lhasa.

Wei said that details of the plan could not yet be disclosed because the 50-50 joint venture between her company and Shanghai-based private equity fund TZGPartners, dubbed RailPartners, has not yet been formally approved by the government.

"Yes, we are cooperating with RailPartners on this project," Wei said. "The project is due to be finished in 2007."

The trains will have to travel through Xining, the terminus of the 1,220-mile high-altitude line that is Lhasa's only rail link. Completed in October, the 27 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) line is due to begin test runs in July.

TZG Partners is a private fund set up by foreign investors focused on starting new businesses in the leisure, travel and real estate industries.

RailPartners' aim, according to the company's Web site, is to create the "most magnificent train" in the world, offering passengers luxury on a par with that found in the best hotels, along with stunning scenery. Three trains are to accommodate 88 passengers each -- 88 being a lucky number symbolizing wealth, according to Chinese tradition.

The trains, to be built by BSP, a joint venture between China and Canada's Bombardier, are to be designed by SURV, a Shanghai design firm involved in a variety of projects including boutique hotels and yachts, it says.

The Hong Kong newspaper The Standard reported Monday that RailPartners plans to use a $130 million loan to help finance the project. Wei refused comment on that report.

The route to Lhasa is one of the world's highest railways, crossing mountain passes up to 16,500 feet high, with about 80 percent of the line above 13,000 feet.

Earlier reports said the trains would be sealed like aircraft to help protect passengers from the effects of the high altitude. The oxygen canisters would be used to help passengers breathe more easily.

Travelers to Tibet now must travel by air or over mountain highways often blocked by landslides or snow.

The railway is intended to promote trade, tourism and investment in the region, helping to ease poverty in one of China's poorest regions.

It has provoked criticism, however, from activists who contend that ethnic Chinese migrants are more likely to benefit than local Tibetans.
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Old January 10th, 2006, 04:05 AM   #107
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China plans high-speed Beijing-Shanghai rail line: report

BEIJING, Jan 9 (AFP) - China's railway ministry has given priority to the construction of a Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway line in its five-year plan from 2006-2010, state media reported Monday.

"During the period, the Beijing-Shanghai high speed railway will take priority in the construction of passenger railways," the Beijing News quoted Rail Minister Liu Zhijun as saying at a planning meeting.

The project has not received final approval from the central government although the green light could come soon, the paper reported.

Trains on the new line are expected to travel between 200 and 300 kilometers (120 and 180 miles) an hour, the paper said. The current rail line is 1,462-kilometers long.

It is unlikely the railway line will use German magnetic levitation technology, but other imported technology is still under discussion, the paper said.

China aims to have its railroads account for a significant share of its public transport for decades to come, and has announced plans to spend 250 billion dollars over the next 15 years to renovate and expand its network.

Liu said that up to 185 billion of those dollars would be spent in the coming five years, the paper said.

Other lines to be built or renovated during the next five years include lines between Beijing-Guangzhou, Beijing-Harbin, Shenyang-Dalian and Lianyungang-Gansu, he said.

Late last year, China inked a 1.3 billion-euro (1.5 billion dollar) contract for 60 high speed trains from German engineering giant Siemens.

It also reportedly agreed to buy 60 high speed Hayate-model bullet trains from a Japanese consortium led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

The new trains are expected to be put into use as early as 2008 and spearhead China's efforts to build a faster railway system.

Germany, Japan, France and the United States have been engaged in high-stakes lobbying efforts for years to sell trains and rail technology to China.
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Chinese vice premier stresses railway construction in coming five years
9 January 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, January 9 (CEIS) -- Chinese Vice Premier Huang Ju said here on January 7 that China will step up the construction of railways in the 2006-2010 period to address the transportation bottleneck of the economy.

Huang said at the national railways working conference that the problem of inadequate railway capacity is expected to be relieved in the coming five years.

Sources with the railways ministry said that China will not only construct more railway lines during this period, but also plan for large-scale upgrading of train speeds.

Compared with other means of transportation, Huang said, railways consume less energy but have larger capacity. As the country is facing an energy shortage, railway development should be given priority.

China said on on January 6 that it will input 160 billion yuan (19. 7 billion US dollars) on railway construction in 2006. Huang said the country will also push the reform of railway financing.
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ADB to help China draw up railway system reforms
11 January 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

MANILA, January 11 (CEIS) -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on January 10 said it would conduct a study to help China draw up a policy reform plan for the country's railway passenger and freight transport through a technical assistance grant of 400,000 U.S. dollars.

The ADB said in a statement that although the passenger and freight transport has continued to grow rapidly over the last two decades, reaching 9 percent and 7.4 percent respectively between 1978 and 2004, China's railway system has lost ground to other modes of transport.

"In recent years, despite significant progress and notable achievements, China's railways have been unable to meet the increasing demand for passenger and freight transportation," says Manmohan Parkash, an ADB Transport Specialist.

To remove constraints facing the railways system and to expand the network, the Chinese government has, under its five-year plan for 2001-2005, envisaged building some 6,000 km of new lines to previously unserved areas, providing 3,000 km of double lines, electrifying 5,000 km of key lines to boost capacity, and increasing operating speeds on 5,000 km of lines, the bank said.

According to the ADB, during 2003-2007, investments in capital construction for the Chinese railways sector are expected to reach450 billion Yuan (about 55.8 billion U.S. dollars).

"Given the enormous investment requirements and the need for a sound administrative environment, ADB's new TA will help review the passenger and freight demand structure and assist in preparinga reform plan to meet these challenges," Parkash said.

The bank said that the study will look at the conflicting rolesof meeting social obligations and making profits, competition withother transport modes, and the impacts of urbanization and economic development on transport.

It will also look at the possibility of innovative passenger and freight transport projects or products to enhance the competitiveness of the railway sector and improve customer satisfaction, it added.
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Internet access to be available on Chinese trains
11 January 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, January 11 (CEIS) -- Multimedia information and Internet access will be available on most Chinese trains in the coming years as high-tech information systems are installed.

The Beijing Railways Bureau said here on January 11 that the bureau has started a trial operation of such systems in several of its railways.

According to the bureau, modern information systems, including a multimedia terminals and LAN Internet service, have already been installed on a group of trains running on over 30 railways.

Information systems were listed as a key project launched by the Ministry of Railways and Qinghua University.

Qinghua University and Beijing-based Shenzhou Yipin technology company have jointly founded an institute on the study of media information which will focus on China's railway system.
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China launches 301 pairs of temporary direct trains for peak travel season
16 January 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, January 16 (CEIS) -- A record 301 pairs of temporary trains will be launched on China's railways for the peak travel season, according to the Ministry of Railways here on January 13.

Hu Yadong, vice minister of Railways, said at a press conference on national transportation for the lunar new year that this is 59 pairs more than that for last year's festival, up 24 percent.

China has identified a 40-day period -- from Jan. 14 to Feb. 22 -- as the peak travel season, while the Spring festival falls on Jan. 29.

People around China celebrate the Spring Festival as a special occasion for family reunions. For years, the nation's transportation system has been strained during the season, as millions of migrant workers and other Chinese flock back home and then return to the work place in just two weeks.

The ministry said as the lunar Spring Festival comes not more than one month after the New Year's day, most of the Chinese, including students, migrant workers and other staffs will visit their homes in this short period.

During the 40 days, the ministry predicted that a total of 141 million people will take trains, up 3.1 percent year-on-year, among which direct passengers account for 63.75 million, up by 7 percent.

The ministry predicted that the passenger flow will get its before- festival peak of 3.55 million from Jan. 25 to 26, 130,000 passengers more than the same period last year, up 3.8 percent.

After the festival, the traffic volume of migrant workers, travelers and short-distance passengers will also increase for the reason that most other people have to go to work before the eighth or sixteenth day of the lunar new year.
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China heavily invests in railway construction in 2006
16 January 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, January 16 (CEIS) – China will invest 160 billion yuan in railway construction in 2006, according to the Ministry of Railways.

It is learned that the investment will go to the construction of 87 new projects and 38 continued projects, the tracklaying of 376- kilometer-long new railway lines and 1,028-kilometer-long double- track railway lines, and the completion of electric railway lines with a length of 3,860 kilometers.

The Ministry of Railways said that priority will be given to the intercity rail line between Beijing and Tianjin, the trial operation of Qinghai-Tibet Railway and the opening of the electric railway from Beijing to Shanghai, ensure the capacity expansion projects of the Dalian-Qinhuangdao and Houma-Yueshan railway lines, and the completion of the sixth speed acceleration of passenger trains.

The ministry will undertake 24 new and continued projects for passenger transportation lines in 2006.
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Beijing railways receive Spring Festival passenger flow peak
26 January 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, January 26 (CEIS) -- Beijing railways expect a soar of daily passenger flow surpassing 300,000 people on January 26, the highest during the Spring Festival rush season.

Beijing West Railway Station, one of the city's two major railway stations, expects 180,000 passengers who embark their homebound journey from the Chinese capital.

The municipal railway administration plans to launch 62 temporary trains for the peak, said the Beijing News.

The tickets for long-distance trains have already been sold out and those for short-distance trains are in great demand.

The railway station has strengthened control of its waiting room and organized employees to help local police maintain public order.

In addition, the station has opened more than 240 ticket counters to provide 24-hour service.

The other major railway station, namely Beijing Railway Station, has put ahead the check-in time by 20 minutes and opened emergency routeways to cope with passenger rush.
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Report: Shanghai may extend maglev line to connect airports
24 January 2006

SHANGHAI, China (AP) - Shanghai plans to extend its underused magnetic levitation railway to link the city's two airports, a report said Tuesday, citing government officials.

The state-run Shanghai Daily said the city authorities hope to get permission from the central government to extend the high-speed line, which runs to the city's eastern suburbs from its Pudong International Airport, to Hongqiao Airport, in the western suburbs.

The plan would allow travellers to move from one airport to the other -- a distance of about 55 kilometers (35 miles) -- in only about 15 minutes, it cited Xu Zheng, president of the government-owned Shanghai Construction Group, as saying.

However, a spokesman for the company cast doubt on the proposal, saying he believed Xu had only said there was a "possibility" for such a project.

"It was just a possibility," said Zhang Lin, spokesman for the Shanghai Construction Group. "There is no approval from the central government at all."

The current US$1.2 billion rail line is a showcase for Shanghai: the world's only commercial high-speed maglev, with a top speed of 430 kilometers per hour (270 miles per hour). But it runs well under capacity, both because ticket prices are relatively high and because its terminus is awkwardly located and lacks convenient public transport links.

Officials earlier denied reports that the government had approved plans to use German-developed maglev technology to link Shanghai with Hangzhou, a city to the southwest.

The Shanghai Daily said the extended maglev line would run from the current terminus in Pudong through the site of the Shanghai World Expo, planned for 2010.

Routes and other details have not yet been decided, the report cited Xu as saying. It said officials would not give cost estimates for what would be a multibillion-dollar project.
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About 678 million passengers take Beijing subway in 2005
2 January 2006
Xinhua News Agency

BEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese capital witnessed a new record in subway traffic in 2005, with the total passenger flow growing 11.8 percent year on year to 678 million.

The average daily transportation volume of Beijing's subway system reached 1.86 million in 2005, according to Monday's Beijing Youth Daily.

The Beijing Municipal Subway Operation Corporation, which runs the subway system, was quoted as promising better services this year.

Beijing now has 54 km of subway under operation and plans to build another 140 km in the near future.
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Chinese railways carry more direct long-distance passengers
9 February 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, February 9 (CEIS)-- An increasing number of Chinese long- distance travelers chose railways as the means for their return to work places after the traditional Spring Festival family reunion.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Railways, the Chinese railways carried some 1.956 million direct long-distance passengers on Feb. 8 alone, some 30,000 more than the passenger flow on the peak day of last year.

The ministry said more long-distance passengers were expected to take trains on February 9.

On Feb. 8, which witnessed a total passenger flow of 4.181 million, the ministry launched 712 temporary trains, 414 of which were direct long-distance ones.

By Feb. 8, the daily railway passenger flow had remained above the four million mark for seven consecutive days. The number of direct long-distance travelers has kept growing since it reached 1.8 million on Feb. 3.

During the peak travel days around the Spring Festival, or the Chinese lunar new year that fell on Jan. 29 this year, the ministry suspended a large number of short-distance trains and launched more long-distance ones.
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Railways carry 103 mln passengers in 28 days
2006-02-11 22:44:36


BEIJING, Feb. 11(Xinhuanet)-- More than 103 million passengers were carried by the country's railways from Jan. 14 to Feb. 10, reported the Ministry of Railways on Saturday.

Beginning Jan. 29 this year, the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, is a time for family reunions. The Spring Festival travel rush began on Jan. 14 and will be end on Feb. 11.

About 44.9 million passengers used medium-range or long-distance trains, up 9.3 percent year-on-year.

To handle the passenger traffic, the ministry brought in 14,124temporary trains, up 19 percent compared with the similar period last year.

Feb. 4, the seventh day of the new year, witnessed a total passenger flow of 4.34 million, the largest number for a single day.

The railways carried some 1.956 million passengers on medium-range and long-distance trips on Feb. 8, some 30,000 more than the peak day of last year.

By Feb. 8, the daily railway passenger flow had remained over 4million for seven consecutive days.

On average the railways carried about 3.502 million passengers per day leading up to New Year's Day, up 10 percent year-on-year. About 3.882 million passengers took railways since New Year's Day, the same as last year.
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China's railways report passenger increase

BEIJING, Feb 12, 2006 (AFP) - China's extensive railway network saw a 3.3 percent increase in ridership last year, transporting 1.15 billion passengers, despite growing competition from planes and buses, state media said Sunday.

The Ministry of Railways said the passenger load marked a 10-year high, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Of the total, about 434.5 million passengers took long-distance trips, up 6.9 percent year-on-year.

Railways also transported 2.6 billion tons of freight, up 8.2 percent compared with 2004.

This included 1.3 billion tons of coal, a 10.8 percent increase from last year, and 153 million tons of oil, a 7.5 percent increase.

Trains remain the primary form of transportation in China despite a booming aviation industry that sees many more people flying than before.
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Beijing to continue expanding public transport as priority
13 February 2006
Xinhua's China Economic Information Service

BEIJING, February 13 (CEIS) -- Beijing will continue to expand public transport as a priority during the 11th Five-year Program ( 2006-2010).

Information from the municipal commission of communications said Beijing will refurbish 4,615 old buses now in service and add 5,000 new ones, bringing the total number of public buses in service to 24, 000 by2010, with air-conditioned public buses making up more than 63 percent of the total.

In the meantime, 324 old subway train cars will be replaced with new ones and the fleet of subway cars will be increased by 84 new ones, said the sources.

More investments will be made in the transport sector in the years to come, and investment in public transport and in the overall transport infrastructure will be raised from 35 percent to 50 percent.

Greater efforts will be made in improving the road network, developing rail transport and large-capacity public transport. The total mileage of roads for public transport in Beijing will amount to 300 km by the year 2010.

By 2008, the carrying efficiency of roads at rush hours in Beijing will be improved by 40 percent from last year's level.

The city will also spend 5.16 billion yuan (about 637 million U.S. dollars) to improve transport infrastructure in its rural areas this year.

Public bus service will be extended to all rural villages in the suburban areas of Beijing in three years, the source said.
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