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World's Most Crowded Subways

World's Most Crowded Subways: Beijing

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No. 3 (tie) Beijing

Annual Ridership: 2.46 billion

Beijing’s subway system is the longest in the world, numbering 275 miles and 227 individual stations. Its flat fare of 2 yuan (about 32 cents) is the lowest among the rapid transit systems in China and possible because of government subsidies. As tourism grows within China, a debate has arisen over proper subway etiquette; reports of physical fights and kids urinating in subway cars helped prompt a new Beijing law intended to curb uncouth habits.

Source: World Metro Database, 2012

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