Transportation systems of the People's Republic of China
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- Ground-breaking ceremony sets work on track
to maglev railway
- By William Kazer, South China Morning Post, 2
March 2001. The Sino-German maglev project is expected to
become the world showcase for the high-speed transport
technology. The maglev, or magnetic levitation, train is
expected to be in operation by September 2003 and will link
the Pudong International Airport and the eastern terminus of
the city's metro system.
- Bicycle No Longer King of the Road in
- By Philip P. Pan, The Washington Post, 12
March 2001. The rapid transformation of Chinese life
provokes mixed feelings as China's economy grows. Some
see the automobile as a symbol of progress, but the
bike's decline is mourned by environmentalists and
others who yearn for a time when the streets were not so
crowded and people were not so busy.
- Chinese Cities to Develop Rail
- Xinhua, 11 June 2001. This largest port city in north
China will start a subway construction project to alleviate
the congested transport situation in Tianjin. The Line 1 of
the subway is expected to increase the city's original
7.4 km subway to more than 26 km, and will be able to handle
48,100 people per hour.
- First Electric Railway in Northeast China to
Open to Traffic
- Xinhua, 9 August 2001. The first electric railway in
Northeast China, a 550-kilometer-long railway linking Harbin
and Shenyang is a part of the electric railway that links
Harbin and the coastal city of Dalian. Designed to ease the
bottleneck in northeast China and expand transportation
capacity, it will take less than 10 hours to travel from
Harbin to Dalian.
- County Roads to Facilitate West China
- Xinhua, 3 November 2001. China has to build roads in more
than 280 counties in 15 western provinces and autonomous
regions. Priorities of the project is to ensure at least one
asphalt road linking the provincial capital to counties. In
the next ten years, a total of 350,000 kilometers of roads
will be built in western China, in addition to 12,600
kilometers of state trunk highways and 15,000 kilometers of
inter-province highways. All villages in the west will be
connected with roads by that time.
- China's First Home-made Light-rail Trains
- Xinhua, 25 November 2001. China's first two home-made
light-rail trains rolled off line. With a maximum speed of
70-80 kilometers per hour, the new trains are very
comfortable and can carry more than 300
passengers. Involving a variety of advanced technologies,
the trains can be used for the light-rails on streets,
elevated expressways or subways.