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by Jim Quinn
It took the PA state government and their union workers five years to add an extra lane in each direction on the Northeast Extension totaling 12 miles. If SEPTA was tasked to build a new railway station it would take a year of planning, a year in court over the lawsuit from environmentalists to protect the rare brown spotted rat, and another year to construct the station at a leisurely pace. And it would come in 50% over the original budget, which was already 40% higher due to union labor requirements and bribes to corrupt politicians.
Via The Independent

A train station was built in just nine hours by 1,500 workers in China.

Organised with military precision, the project which reportedly took place over the weekend, was completed in the southern Fujian Province.
Seven trains and 23 diggers were used in the huge construction project at the Nanlong Railway Station in the south China city of Longyan, the Xianhua News Agency reported.
Workers were split into seven units to take on seven simultaneous tasks, according to Zhan Daosong, a deputy manager at China Tiesiju Civil Engineering Group, the communist country’s main railroad construction company.
The high-speed Nanlong Railway line is under construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Around 152 miles long, it will provide a main transport link between the south-east of the country and central China.
The railway is designed to support trains travelling at speeds of up to 124 mph.
The project is one of series of impressive infrastructure projects completed by China in recent years.
Measuring 500 metres in diameter, the radio telescope is nestled in a natural basin within a stunning landscape of lush green karst formations.
It took five years and $£129m to complete and surpasses that of the 300-meter Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, a dish used in research on stars that led to a Nobel Prize.
The country has also completed the Tianhuangping hydroelectric project, which is the biggest in Asia and plays a vital role in supplying power to eastern China and The Guangzhou Opera House, one of its three biggest theatres was opened in 2009.

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