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Old January 25th, 2011, 09:15 AM   #421
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Guangzhou, China, Wins Sustainable Transport Prize


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The award-winning transport system in Guangzhou, in south China's Guangdong province, includes not only Bus Rapid Transit but wide, tree-lined bicycle lanes and a tie-in to the large city's rail network.

Photograph by Li Huang, Color China Photo/AP

By Josie Garthwaite
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Published January 24, 2011

This story is part of a special series that explores energy issues. For more, visit The Great Energy Challenge.


A bike-sharing program, wide bicycle lanes lined with trees, and a huge bus system that ties in with the city rail network are all part of the recipe for a winning transportation system in Guangzhou, China, according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

ITDP, an international nonprofit that works with cities on projects to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the quality of urban life, named Guangzhou the winner of its 2011 Sustainable Transport Award at a ceremony Monday night in Washington, D.C.

Guangzhou clinched the prize, said Jessica Morris, senior program director for ITDP, largely because it surpassed expectations. The bus rapid transit system, which opened in February 2010, "carries an awful lot of people," as many as 800,000 a day, she said, making it one of the world's largest. Perhaps more importantly, the new bus system "hooks up seamlessly" with rail as well as "idyllic" bicycle paths and bike-sharing stations, and helps to make the city "more livable."

Serving More Than The Economy

ITDP has been working closely with Guangzhou to build out the bus and bike infrastructure, she said, and the city's recent transportation efforts make it a place that "goes against the idea of a burgeoning Chinese metropolis that's only serving the economy." Experts say that easing congestion and reducing pollution from the transportation sector in China—with its increasingly urban and car-buying population—will require coordination of land-use planning, information technology, and mass-transit development, as well as cleaner vehicles.

(Read more on China’s efforts here: "On China’s Roads and Rails, a Move To Greener Transit.")

Zhong-Ren Peng, who chairs the University of Florida's Department of Urban and Regional Planning and is an expert in transportation planning in China, noted in an email that Guangzhou did much work in transportation and planning in preparation for serving as host to the 16th annual Asian Games in November, just as Shanghai did in preparation for last year's World Expo.

The projects and progress that ITDP seeks to reward are about more than going green. According to Morris, the committee of organizations assembled to nominate and select cities for the prize look for three factors in a "sustainable" transportation system: The system should benefit both the city’s environment and its economy, and it should be equitable, meaning "you should be able to move about your city regardless of income level," she explained.

(Related from National Geographic, "China’s Middle Class: Gilded Age, Gilded Cage")

In recent years, the Sustainable Transport Award has gone to New York in the United States; Paris, France; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Seoul, South Korea; and Bogotá, Colombia. Ahmadabad, India, snagged the award last year for opening what the ITDP described as the country's first full bus rapid transit system.

This year, Guangzhou beat out nominees León, Guanajuato, Mexico; Lima, Peru; Nantes, France; and Tehran, Iran, where the "local climate, topography, and sharp growth in private cars have all conspired to create a lingering air-quality emergency over the city," said Lloyd Wright, Executive Director of Viva Cities, in a news release about the nominations.

Tehran's Effort Amid Controversy

Each of the nominated cities took steps in 2010 to shake up its transportation system, according to ITDP. Tehran's journey has been particularly fraught with controversy, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Tehran Mayor Mohammed Baqer Qalibaf have clashed over funding for an expanded underground rail system. One of the world's most densely populated metropolitan areas, Tehran also introduced congestion charging and expanded its bus rapid transit. "Even more boldly," according to the ITDP, Tehran's government has "begun the process of reducing fuel subsidies."

Over the weekend, however, the Tehran-e Emrouz newspaper reported that the Iran Foreign Ministry had denied Qalibaf permission to travel to the United States for Monday's conference.

Nantes made it into the ITDP's top five for its efforts to integrate bus and tramway systems, while also promoting bicycling. In Lima, a "long-awaited" first step toward "creating an integrated citywide sustainable transport system," came in the form of a new bus rapid transit system. And León has boosted rail and bus ridership while keeping the portion of trips taken by bicycle or on foot among the largest of any Latin American city at more than 39 percent, according to the ITDP.

Jiangping Zhou, ITDP's Policy Director in Beijing, believes Guangzhou’s efforts could be replicated in other Chinese cities. "If something can happen there," he said, "it can happen in Shanghai and Beijing."

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Old January 27th, 2011, 11:41 PM   #422
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Guangzhou Mulls Strict Rules to Ease Congestion
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The capital city of south China's Guangdong Province is considering collecting higher road-use fees from motorists in an effort to alleviate congestion.

The capital city of south China's Guangdong Province is considering collecting higher road-use fees from motorists in an effort to alleviate congestion.

Guangzhou's traffic committee is soliciting public opinions on a draft of measures involving congestion fees similar to those imposed in Singapore and London.

The traffic department is accepting public submissions up to March 5.

The proposals published on Sunday also include parking fees designed to redirect vehicles to quieter parts of the city and encourage more people to use the public transport system.

The city will begin construction of 11 new rail routes over the next five years and 3,000 buses will be added to downtown services, boosting the public transport proportion of the city's traffic volume to 70 percent from 59.6 percent last year.

Guangzhou also plans to further reform the use of official cars, which contribute to traffic jams on Guangzhou's roads.

Guangzhou has almost 2.15 million registered vehicles. The city's traffic department granted more than 300,000 license plates to new car owners last year.

The number of private cars in Guangzhou has grown at an annual average rate of 22.1 percent over the past five years. The figure is 20.9 percent in Beijing and 21.5 percent in Shanghai.

Guangzhou has more than 90 cars for every 1,000 residents.

Beijing, with 20 million people and 4.8 million vehicles, has imposed a tough congestion-tackling measure, in which issuance of new car license plates this year is reduced to 240,000, a third the number in 2010.

From Jan. 1, applications by car buyers in Beijing were subjected to a lottery-style selection method to choose who could buy a new car.

However, Guangdong would not copy Beijing's practice of limiting vehicle registrations, because allowing more residents to own private cars was part of the provincial government's campaign to build a "happy Guangdong Province," Guangdong Governor Huang Huahua has said.
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Old January 28th, 2011, 12:11 AM   #423
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Old February 28th, 2011, 01:54 AM   #424
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a bit late...
Haixinsha Station (APM) Opens on Feb 24th
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Guangzhou Metro Corporation (GMC) has announced that the APM (Automated People Mover) metro line will now stop at Haixinsha Station and trains shall operate from 8:00 A.M. – 10:30 P.M. everyday.

According to GMC, Haixinsha Station was finished when the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games opened but remained closed for security and staffing reasons. The station has remained closed for the past 3 months during the construction of the Asian Games Park.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 03:50 AM   #425
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Now that the Asian Games are over, what purpose do people have to use Haixinsha Station? What kind of regular commerce is on the island?
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Old February 28th, 2011, 07:12 AM   #426
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Its now a stupid park where people have to pay ¥20 (day)/¥30 (night) to see that stupid island and its stadium the station is totally useless because once you exit that station you have to pay immediately.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #427
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They reposted on the Guangzhou project compilation thread these two maps of the metro by 2015 and 2020:





I have two things... Line 1 of Foshan metro won't go any further from Kuiqi Lu. And they did not drawn lines 2 and 3 of Foshan metro, which are expected to enter operation in 2020 and 2016, respectively.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 12:36 AM   #428
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A park that costs 20-30 RMB to visit, plus the APM fare? That does sound ridiculous. What attractions are there? Do people really want to visit an empty stadium?
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Old March 1st, 2011, 02:25 PM   #429
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Is there a any public bus in China? Seriously I search all topic wich is about Chinese public transport and there isn't any public bus photo.
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Old March 1st, 2011, 04:17 PM   #430
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Check the threads about BRT, there are plenty of new BRT systems. I. e. Beijing, Dalian, Chongqing, Zhengzhou, Hefei, Kunming, Xiamen, Yancheng and so on.

An example from chinese forum:
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Old March 4th, 2011, 12:37 AM   #431
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public bus systems in china are very extensive and cover everywhere; basically any town above 50,000 people or so will have a bus network, Tianjin's bus network is huge with hundreds of bus lines
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Old April 12th, 2011, 06:07 PM   #432
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Guangzhou's Remarkable Bus Rapid Transit System

Tue Apr 5, 2011 3:15pm EDT
by Timothy Hurst

Dedicated bus lanes, subway-like stations, intermodal terminals and infrastructure improvements to move buses more efficiently are all features you might see in one of the many Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems that are popping up in cities all over the world. After the success of the world's first BRT in Curitiba, Brazil, planners in cities including Bogota, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Hanoi, Seoul, Istanbul and Quito, among others, began implementing BRT systems to not only provide a valuable mode of transportation for the city's inhabitants, they address traffic congestion and associated air quality. And as planners learn what works and what doesn't with the new bus systems, some creative new designs are being implemented.

One of the newest BRTs is also one of the most advanced. Only one year old, the BRT in Gangzhou is already carrying up to one million passengers daily. China has eleven BRT systems currently in operation but the 4.3-mile (23 km) Gangzhou bus corridor design is the first to integrate bicycles into its design - five thousand of them.

Streetfilms, in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), recently released a video highlighting Guangzhou's BRT. (Hat tip: The City Fix).

Watch the video here: http://player.vimeo.com/video/21714344

Bus Rapid Transit in Guangzhou, China from Reprinted with permission from Earth & Industry.
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Guangzhou's Remarkable Bus Rapid Transit System

Tue Apr 5, 2011 3:15pm EDT
by Timothy Hurst

Dedicated bus lanes, subway-like stations, intermodal terminals and infrastructure improvements to move buses more efficiently are all features you might see in one of the many Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems that are popping up in cities all over the world. After the success of the world's first BRT in Curitiba, Brazil, planners in cities including Bogota, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Hanoi, Seoul, Istanbul and Quito, among others, began implementing BRT systems to not only provide a valuable mode of transportation for the city's inhabitants, they address traffic congestion and associated air quality. And as planners learn what works and what doesn't with the new bus systems, some creative new designs are being implemented.

One of the newest BRTs is also one of the most advanced. Only one year old, the BRT in Gangzhou is already carrying up to one million passengers daily. China has eleven BRT systems currently in operation but the 4.3-mile (23 km) Gangzhou bus corridor design is the first to integrate bicycles into its design - five thousand of them.

Streetfilms, in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), recently released a video highlighting Guangzhou's BRT. (Hat tip: The City Fix).

Watch the video here: http://player.vimeo.com/video/21714344

Bus Rapid Transit in Guangzhou, China from Reprinted with permission from Earth & Industry.

Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...44810020110405

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Found it on YouTube as well...

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How is 4.3 miles ever 23 kilometers?
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Foshan is confusing me.

Is Foshan a suburb of Guangzhou just like Shenzhen with Hongkong or Los Teques with Caracas or Incheon with Seoul?

Is Foshan metro is separate? or an extension of Guangzhou metro? Please clear my confusion & write details.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 07:52 AM   #436
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Foshan is a separate city which is a suburb of Guangzhou. The FMetro is also a separate system operated by a different company, but has physical integration with the Guangzhou Metro.
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Foshan is confusing me.

Is Foshan a suburb of Guangzhou just like Shenzhen with Hongkong or Los Teques with Caracas or Incheon with Seoul?

Is Foshan metro is separate? or an extension of Guangzhou metro? Please clear my confusion & write details.
It similar to Seoul and Incheon subway
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Thaking for clearing my confusion to all
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Guangzhou Metro map 2015



Under construction lines

Line 6 - opens 2013

Line 9 - opens 2014

Guangfo line extension Xilang to Lijiao - opens 2013

Planned line

Line 7 - opens 2015
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I am slightly uncertain about firmly identifying the several dark grayish/bluish hues. Which line connects Guangzhou South to Jiahe Wanggang? Is it 4 or 8?
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