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 China
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 Transportation
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 Development
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 Completed
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.