Clash of Subways and Car Culture in Chinese Cities

The question is whether the burrowing machines can outrace China’s growing love affair with the automobile.
March 27, 2009, 1pm PDT | rbregoff
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At least 15 cities are building subway lines and a dozen more are planning them. The pace of construction will only accelerate now that Beijing is pushing local and provincial governments to step up their infrastructure spending to offset lost revenue from slumping exports.

"Nobody is building like they are," said Shomik Mehndiratta, a World Bank specialist in urban transport. "The center of construction is really China."

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Published on Friday, March 27, 2009 in The New York Times
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