February 01, 2003

China Cancels Metro Projects, Citing High Costs

Subway lines built over the last decade in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou cost an average of US$72 million to US$96 million per kilometer. Shanghai also recently opened its US$1.6 billion magnetic levitation train, which runs from a new international airport into the city.

Despite the announcement, officials from Guangzhou told local press they intend to go forward with three remaining metro projects planned for the city. Officials claim that due to robust economic growth, the city’s own finances will be enough to complete the system.


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