Vulnerable Line 1 and Shanghai

The big news today is the crash of two metro carts at Shanghai Railway Station of Metro Line #1. The accident around 7:00 AM stopped that segment of Metro Line #1. Massive people were impacted. My observation:

  • one of my colleague got to work at 11:40 – after trying very hard to find a way to get here.
  • The metro has problem and all the ground transportation becomes a mess.
  • There is no way for buses and taxi to take the volume of metro.
  • Shanghai is vulnerable in its transportation system, like many other big cities. If anything happens with one metro line, that will has city wide huge influence.

7 thoughts on “Vulnerable Line 1 and Shanghai

  1. tw

    My goodness! I can imagine how severely this incident could have impacted the surface traffic. One of my biggest complaints of Shanghai city is its increasing traffic jams throughout the city and throughout the day. Shanghai is already plagued with tons of gridlocks even with all Metro lines running smoothly. When one of its major arteries stops functioning properly, it’s like people having major blod clots. What mayor of Shanghai needs to plan well for the World Expo is beyond just beautifying the cities buildings. Shanghai has too way many vehicles, narrow streets, reckless drivers and pedestrians who disobey traffic laws(if they do exist). It’s also in great shotage of reasonable fee-based parking lots. I have not seen any metered parkings anywhere. I see cars parking illegally all the time, loading/unloading goods in narrow streets, or entering streets where there are signs saying otherwise. Folks, please avoid coming to Shanghai next year when the World Expo is in session if you can’t bear wasting long time being stranded in traffic gridlocks.

  2. Joyce Lau

    It’s true about a city being “vulnerable.”

    Look at the chaos caused whem the Eurostar broke down — that line affected two countries, Britain and France, for days.

    And one line down on the London Underground means misery for everyone.

    That said, it’s better to have some public transit, than no public transit. 99% of the time it works, and it helps everything from road traffic to pollution.

    The Hong Kong MTR is quite good. The only accident in my memory was a crazy guy setting a fire on a train about 6-7 years ago. I was on that train! And my husband was on the one right behind it.

    Thank god nobody was hurt.

    I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas.

  3. ming

    Massive people were impacted.

    I was one of the crowd. I arrived at Yanchang Rd station before 7.30, and then met hundreds of people there. And there is no clear information showing the real situations. After staying for one hour, I gave up and had to find the alternative. Afterwards, first I walked to nearby station of No. 8, then transfer to No. 4, and No. 1 at Shanghai Stadium, arriving in Xinzhuang at last. Then the time is 10.30, over 3 hours! Yeah, with 3 hours I would arrive at Nanjing, 300km away from Shanghai, would not I!

    As the local citizen, I would strongly say No to Shanghai Metro. The service and the management is terrible, and terrible!

    I cannot imagine how the metro service could be improved, given the current status, simply because I believe that from top to ground, nobody understands how to manage the metro system and handle increasing traffic!

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  6. Anna

    The Shanghai metro is a great system and management seems fine to me too. I mean how many accidents have there been? Not many I believe.

    Of course there is going to be chaos and problems when 1 of the lines stops running but to say no to the whole metro system because of it, seems very strange. They should have communicated the problems better with the waiting people but I don’t think there was much more they could have done.

    I was in New York earlier this year and that metro system is awful compared to the Shanghai system. I really think we should be grateful for the metro system we have in Shanghai.

  7. jakai brown

    I think that people in modern world should wacth out for these things the gov should do more about these incadents

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