Saturday, October 20, 2007
BJ has 2 brand new subway lines, and another is gonna open soonish.
Also, to encourage public transport (and not the ubiquitous automobile), subway ticket prices have dropped to 30 cents from 45. Good initiatives.
In its 1st wk of operation the new #5 line had THREE MILLION passengers on it. And the # 1 and #2 lines had DOUBLE the rush hour passengers, as enticed by the new lines, and reduced rates.
There weren't exactly spare seats beforehand.
Like Japan, methinx BJ needs to hire peeps to shovel people into the cars to get the doors closed.
(disappointingly, the new line feels the same as the other lines).
pic from http://www.robots.ox.ac.uk/~davidc/China/index5.html