Monday, October 13, 2008

Train travel in China Japan



Found via daranee at the Implied Observer.

9 comments:

Sorghum Crow said...

Actually, the pushers are speaking in Japanese, so I'm thinking this is one of the Tokyo lines.

ellroon said...

Argggh! I keep on getting countries wrong ... Don't make me president, I'd start a war with the wrong nation!

Steve Bates said...

Yikes. Reminds me of my first ride on Houston Metrorail, a few years ago on the first day it opened... except we didn't have any conductors to help push us in. I admit I felt just a leetle claustrophobic... but I was determined to ride the first line on the first day. By now, ridership is better than predicted (that's good; it means they'll build more lines), but not quite THAT crowded (that's good, too).

ellroon said...

So... in that situation, is it better to be first in or last?

No wonder there's a groping problem on Japanese trains...

Morse said...

As someone with mild claustrophobia, that would be my worst nightmare.

ellroon said...

Yikes, Morse, not fun at all! Don't go to Japan... or China.. or wherever this is.

Steve Bates said...

"So... in that situation, is it better to be first in or last?" - ellroon

Last in, first out. First in, last out. You tell me which is better!

Houston Metrorail has enough trains that people know at peak times just to wait for the next one in a few minutes rather than forcing themselves in. So they don't overcrowd too badly, even at rush hour. All in all, it's a very comfortable way to travel. Now if they'd just build more lines...

Steve Bates said...

Oh, I forgot: one reason conservatives hate our rail is that the trains are made in... France.

ellroon said...

We have French trains? I had no idea. No wonder I want to kiss my fingers and throw baguettes around when riding the MetroLink...