What Subways Look Like Around the World  

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Published on: August 17, 2015


Commuters here in Singapore are delighted to know that the first forty five new trains of SMRT Corp have arrived. Before they will be introduced to the public, they undergo thorough testing. According to SMRT Corp, the new trains will be used in the first quarter of 2016.


Singaporeans might not see or feel any difference because the new train model (called C151B) is very similar to the ones we are using now (called C151A). With this new development, do we compare with other cities around the world?

Here’s a look of what subways look like around the world:

  • London: London’s “Tube” is the oldest metro system in the world. It was opened one hundred fifty years ago. The trains are slowly getting air conditioners. What makes their subway stand out? Well, there are many buskers at some of their stations.
  • Tokyo: Tokyo subway system is herald as one of the fastest and most punctual of them all. In fact, Tokyo subway is the second highest subway in terms of passengers next to Beijing.
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  • Seoul: Seoul subway system is the third busiest subway in the world. Their subway system is made for comfort with heated seats, screens, leg room and wi-fi. There are overhead racks especially for big bags.
  • Hong Kong: Like Tokyo, Hong Kong is famous for its efficiency and punctuality. Though it was built in 1979, the subway persists to be one of the best though it has only 218 kilometres of track.
  • New York: Like London, the trains in New York are several decades old. Trains in New York are iconic because of its tin-can siding. The good thing is that it operates 24 hours a day and it covers 373 kilometres of track.
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