Shanghai's 20 Years of Insane Subway Expansion, in One GIF

By Erik Crouch, July 6, 2015

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From about 2007 onward, Shanghai's subway has expanded as if its life depended on it. This animated map shows the absolutely bonkers rate at which the metro system has added stops, rings and entirely new lines - moderate pacing be damned.

Shanghai's 25 Years of Insane Subway Expansion, in One GIF
Image via Wikimedia Commons

The Shanghai map cropped up on Reddit recently, and another user promptly uploaded a companion piece: the Toronto subway system over a similar period of time.

It's as if Shanghai's metro were saying, "Ohmygodguys we have to buildbuildbuildbuild," while Toronto just eased back in its chair and heaved "Meh."

This article was last updated on September 30, 2018.

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