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View Diary: More Countries Join the New List of 100 Busiest Train Stations, Japan Still Claims 82 of Them (15 comments)

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  •  Yeah, what are these -subway stations? (1+ / 0-)
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    It totally boggles the mind that China is not heavily represented on this list -really, how can it NOT be?

    •  Of the stations under discussion (2+ / 0-)
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      Roadbed Guy, Mishima

      Shinjuku Station is a vast, sprawling station that integrates JR Light Rail, JR Shinkenzen and Tokyo Subway trains on a combination of Elevated tracks, over-built with high rise office and commercial buildings, and subterranean commercial shops. So it is not just a major transportation hub, but also a very populous office, shopping and entertainment district, and (close to) the Tokyo Municipal Government Headquarters. My company head office it there.

      China has a tendency to build multiple stations in large cities    as it has more land than Japan, so on a per station basis the traffic would be less than Shinjuki (but comparable to say Osaka).

      Shanghai North, Shanghai South, Hongqiao Station, Shanghai West and Guangzhou East are also large transportation hubs that integrate Metro (subway) local rail, long distance rail and HSR lines. They are smaller than Shinjuku, but during Spring Festival (aka Chinese New Year) they get overwhelmed beyond capacity of all trains as millions head-off to visit ancestral homes or to go out for tourism (Guangzhou East has trains to Hong Kong).

      Making things worse, if the weather is bad and heavy snow falls, some line will get delayed as they dig out and that can really overload the stations.

      Guangzhou (in South China Guangdong province) has a very high population of migrant or relocated workers so the peak travel at the start and end of the holiday is unbelievably intense.

      Another big Chinese station is Wuhan (Central) as this new station is a HSR rail hub in the center of China connecting many other regions.

      Absolutely, on a daily or average basis, Shinjuku should be the world's busiest by a significant margin, walking around the station on surface level (can be done) would take about an hour, it's that big.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 07:25:23 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for the information (1+ / 0-)
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        although having been to places like Hong Kong and Osaka, I remain skeptical that the latter really should have that many more train stations on the list than the former.

        And not having been to India I have no first hand experience, but rumor has it that a whole boatload of people travel by train in that country as well.  But yet, it seems to be oddly under-represented on the list . . ..

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