A summary of some of the Shanghai public-transportation-related stories making the news lately:
- The longest ocean-crossing bridge in the world is set to open near Shanghai on May 1. According to the Shanghai Daily, “the Hangzhou Bay Bridge, which starts in southern Shanghai and ends in Ningbo, will shorten the trip between the two cities by more than 120 kilometers”. Construction on the bridge began in 2003.
- Nanjing will soon join Beijing in banning foldable bicycles from their subway system, leaving Shanghai and Guangzhou as the two major subway systems that don’t explicitly forbid them.
- The 10 year-old Xujiahui subway station underground shopping street was closed for renovations on March 31st, and will reopen by the end of the year with a new set of tenants and new entertainment options. Exits 1-7 will be closed during renovations. Xujiahui is the site of the future Line 1/9/11 interchange.
- A clogged pipe caused up to 2 cm of flooding in places at the People’s Square Line 2 platform on Monday. Four sets of escalators were stopped as a safety precaution, but subway trains were not affected.