Shanghai Metro Meltdown

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 19:31
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Moving Shanghai’s daily commuters is no easy task, and as I have pointed out on a number of occasion, the metro system here is one of the most reliable there is… and becoming one of the most comprehensive.

But on my way to my first meeting this morning, I was greeted by what appeared to be the biggest meltdown of the Shanghai metro system I have seen to date. It was nothing short of a sea of humanity as I made my way to the platform and saw the crush of people on the train.

Both trains were stopped.

Doors open.

My previous experience with this situation told me to wait it out…. That in 10 minutes all would be fine, and once the trains started to move, all would be well… but that was not to be. In fact, while one train in each direction was released and the one behind it pulled into the station, it was at that point that the entire network appears to have stopped.

At that point, I pulled the plug and made my way to the nearest Starbucks… and 15 minutes later I began seeing some familiar faces fanning themselves as they too gave up and headed to Starbucks.

Still no word on what caused the issue, but regardless, the folks at Starbucks (80+ stores in town) are probably going to dance a jig once todays recipts are tallied.

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