“Chicago Mayor Richard Daley took a subway ride in Beijing on Wednesday as part of his efforts to scope out ways his city might refine its bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics,” AP reports.
Daley was impressed, but said that “upgrading an aging public transportation system to be as nice as the one in Beijing isn’t cheap and finding the money to do it is difficult.
[UPDATE: The Trib has a photo of Daley on a train. A Division Street reader wonders if the mayor has ever been spotted on one of ours.]
[UPDATE 2: Here’s an AP video report.]
“‘No one can spend this much money. I mean, no one can spend it. I don’t care. What country can spend this much money,’ he said.”
Um, apparently China can.
Here’s the current Beijing Subway set-up followed by the expansion underway. Note that there is an Olympic Branch Line.
And the expansion plan:
Source: Wikipedia, whose Beijing Subway entry is fascinating.