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[文化博览] 【整理】2012-02-01 超级城市纽约 NewYork—2

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New York has a second nickname,“ the city that never sleeps”, an insomnia metropolis in perpetual motion. Like the city, the subway never rests. It runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's the fastest way to get around. Average speed on asphalt 10 kilometers per hour. Average speed on rails, 48 kilometers per hour.
Conceived in the 19th century, it was the world's first subway with four track service, two local tracks, two express. No waiting. In a city chokes by congestion, the subway was a breakthrough.
From a single line tentacles spread across the city to become the most extensive subway system on earth.  
Twenty-seven lines run along 1300 kilometers of track, enough to stretch from Rome to Amsterdam, linking the system 468 stations, more than any other system in the world. The system extends its reach through a complex web of infrastructure, 68 bridges over land, water, 14 tunnels under rivers, 2 key rail links, and one of the world's oldest ferries.
Every working day, trains carry 4.5 million people, nearly the entire population of Norway, making it one of the world's busiest subway systems. Within this vital organ, life pulses with speed of a New York minute. And everyday the city struggles to keep it beating and keep it safe. To outsiders, this megacity can seem one big faceless metropolis. To New Yorkers, it's a vast patchwork of neighborhoods, each but its own identity, all linked by these precious threads Z-steel.
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