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15 Fascinating Facts About The World's Metro Systems

Yes, North Korea does have a working metro.

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1. In Japan, there are special metro cars reserved especially for women.

Other countries including Egypt, India, Iran, Taiwan, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Dubai have also implemented women-only sections of transportation in order to combat issues of personal safety during travel.

2. It is illegal to eat, drink, or smoke on the Washington D.C. metro because of the extra costs associated with cleaning the carpet. Yup, THE CARPET.

From the D.C. Metro website: "It is unlawful to eat, drink or smoke in the Metro system because of the labor and cost associated with maintaining the cleanliness of the transportation system as well as for safety reasons."


8. The Seoul metro is the world's largest in terms of passenger-route length*.

*The New York City system is technically longer in terms of track length, but much of New York's track is unused for passenger travel — making Seoul's subway the largest in terms of passenger-track length.


12. The word "metro" actually comes from an abbreviated form of the "Paris Metropolitan".

"Métro is the abbreviated name of the company which originally operated most of the network: La Compagnie du chemin de fer métropolitain de Paris, shortened to "Le Métropolitain". That was quickly abbreviated to métro, which became a common word also used to designate all subway networks." Source


13. The Hong Kong metro is equipped with 3G cell phone service, meaning passengers can access the internet even when underground.

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Wifi is also available throughout South Korea's metro systems and is currently in the process of being implemented in New York City.