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标题ABC News 20090912 分类13 查看2624 上传104

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Commuters in Dubai today got their first chance to ride some shiny new metro trains during rush hour. Ticket prices range from fifty cents to three dollars and fifty cents for a first class ride in cushy leather seats. And as Lara Setrakian reports as usual for Dubai, the new metro system is big and it is splashy.

It’s just what Dubai needs to feel like the glory days: a high-tech, 7.6-billion-dollar driverless metro, unveiled this week (specifically, on 9-9-09, at 9:09 pm). Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed, called the metro "a dream coming true". It’s said to be the longest automated metro system in the world built in Japan and installed by 30,000 local laborers. But who will ride the Dubai metro? This is a driver city with cheap gas, sprawling highways and more than a million vehicles. The blazing sun means walking from station to station in heat that can clear 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

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