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posted on 12 June 2017

Infographic Of The Day: China's Rapid Transit Boom 1990 - 2020

After decades of hyper-growth and worsening pollution, China has fully embraced rapid transit as a way to keep cities moving.

By 2020, China aims to have 7,000 km (4,300 mi.) of rapid transit lines, more than five times what exists in the U.S. today.

In the animation below, there’s a distinct uptick in the number of projects started after 2004. It was in this year that the government lifted a ban on new metro construction, after worsening congestion and pollution caused the government to rethink their stance. There has been a rapid transit boom in the country ever since.

Soon, minimum population requirements for cities looking to build subway systems will be halved from 3 million to 1.5 million, and this move is expected to set off an even bigger wave of infrastructure investment in cities throughout the country.

RISING RATIOS

Hundreds of kilometers of track are being added each year. As a result of this unparalleled pace of metro construction, China’s ratio of Rapid Transit to Residents (RTR) has risen steeply over the last 15 years.

[click here to enlarge infographic]

Source: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/chinas-rapid-transit-boom/

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