Monday, September 1, 2008

First Ever Elevated BRT in China

Wonder how much this cost them.

Brian in the comments links to the webpage for this new line. Tons of pictures there like this one...

6 comments:

Brian Goldner said...

more info here:
http://www.chinabrt.org/en/cities/xiamen.aspx

njh said...

I don't get it. You go to all this trouble to build an elevated structure, with fancy platforms and ticket machines. Then you run a bus on it? I can't imagine the cost of 4 pieces of steel, some overhead wires and suitable rolling stock is more than a blip on the budget for such a massive structure. Do the buses have any fancy control system, or do they rely on the drivers to stay in their lanes?

Does anyone know whether China makes their own light rail or subway cars yet?

Pantograph Trolleypole said...

Thanks for the link Brian. NJH, i have no idea why they did bus. They could run one every 30 seconds or faster I guess. I wonder what the ridership will be like.

arcady said...

China definitely does make their own subway cars, and has since the Beijing Metro opened at least. China has a national policy of making such things domestically, after they've learned how it's done from the initial imported batch.

njh said...

arcady: Good on em. The more competition the merrier, and I bet they start teaching everyone else a trick or two in the near future.

Anonymous said...

What a waste of money. They could have at least this a bus/tram project.