Public Transportation in Kojo
Kojo features a comparatively dense network of all sorts of public transportation systems, from the country's fastest high-speed train IC to slow regional bus lines. This article summarises the different types of inter city and urban mass transit, and explains their differences and similarities to provide a handy overview.
Besides cars, the most common mode of transport for inter city travel is the railway. Kojo Hyengshō Sanan, being government owned, provides around 98% of these services, ranging from high-speed train routes like the IC and the CC to regional trains as the KCP and the KC. KHS also provides some local mass transit services, however these are listed below.
There is a small number of private couches operating, however for the most part they operate only on routes connecting small and medium urban areas without (sufficient) rail connection to the country's largest cities.
Depending on their size, density and history, most larger Kojolese cities have a public transportation network composed of several types of mass transit. Especially for rail-bound networks, the terminology can be confusing, and often times different systems in different cities de-facto do the same thing. The following list lists all network types for cities above 100,000 inhabitants. Where several cities in one larger urbanised area are connected by the same system, that network is attributed to the larger city (which in all cases is the centre of the respective network). In many densely populated regions, regional railways carry suburban traffic, however since regional rail is accessible in almost any region of Kojo, this is not specifically mentioned. Similarly, since busses are usually present in virtually every populated area of the country, these are not separately listed either.
Express (Papáta Huwochē, "Papáchē")
This system is not to be confused with Ésubān networks. It is a distinct, fast suburban commuter system unique to Pyingshum. It operates parallel to regular railway tracks on large portions of the network, but the system uses a different voltage and runs underground on long stretches through the inner city. It's used to get from the suburbs into the city centre, and can be seen as an express alternative to the metro or tram for journeys within the inner city, connecting the important transportation hubs and sub centres. Stopping distance usually ranges from 1 to 5 km or more in between distant suburbs or cities within commuter range. It is completely grade separated.
Metro (Chitakyoe Huwochē, "Chitachē")
Chitakyoe Huwochē, lit. underground rail lines, describes a heavy rail system with complete grade separation, which is usually achieved by having large parts run underground or on elevated tracks. The stopping distance commonly ranges from 500 m to 2 km. It's used to get around inside the central part of a city, as well as connecting suburbs to the city center.
Ésubān is a term used in Kojolese for a specific type of suburban commuter trains. It runs on regular railway tracks, sometimes sharing them with regional passenger or freight trains, but on central sections it usually runs on dedicated tracks. It usually links distant suburbs or exurbs to the city centre and supplements both regional trains and inner-city mass transit. The average stopping distance can reach from 1 km in city centre to 5 km or more. It runs on the same technological standards (voltage etc.) as the standard railways.
The concept and name was imported from the Kalmish S-Bahn.
The Tokkyaenchoel system is an advanced Shigájanchoel network. It carriages are usually longer than the normal trams, ranging from 60 to 100 m, the tracks are separated from common street traffic on some sections (either by running on dedicated tracks in the middle of the road, or by being underground or elevated), and right of way and preferential signalling is more common. Because in the inner city large sections can actually run underground, the system can be confudes with a normal metro network.
The Shigájanchoel is a normal light-rail tram network, with stress on the word light. The trains are usually not much longer than 50 m, and their tracks go through normal street traffic and pedestrian zones.
|Finkyáse||[ YES]||[ YES]||[ YES]||AFZH||AFZH provides coastal suburban rail services|
|Kippa||[ YES]||[ YES]|
|Jaka||[ YES]||[ YES]|
|Kwaengdō||[ YES]||[ YES]||[ YES]|
|Yoyomi||[ YES]||[ YES]|
|Busakyueng||[ YES]||[ YES]||[ YES]||Ésubān is privatly operated|
|Womenlū||[ YES]||[ YES]|
|Wenzū||[ YES]||Esuban like KC|
|Arákkanai||[YES ]||Ésubān-like KC network with own tracks|
|Zúkshi (Fóskiman h.)|
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Railway Station Names
In Kojo a traveler can know from the name suffix of any station by what type of train they are served:
- Dyanchezi: lit. "Far-distance station", used for the three railway termini in Pyingshum. Served by all types of long-distance and regional trains.
- Zóngchezi: lit. "Main station", archaic "Zóngshinchezi", used for the most important railway station in a city that is served by IC or CC trains.
- Dōzi: lit. "Regional station", used for railway stations where KCP (regional express) trains stop.
- No name suffix: stops that are only served by common regional KC trains, as well as stops for the metro, tram or busses.
- Chezi: lit. "Railway station", used as a generic term. Also used for some specific cases, such as stations served by long-distance trains other than the city's Zóngchezi. However, in many cities some important railway stations are also called Chezi which are not served by any long-distance trains. For example, four important metro stations in Pyingshums Daiamondoshi-Pang are called Chezi for historic reasons, or the Kibōchezi and Akuchezi in Kimelíngsan-shu.
- Norikichezi: lit. "Transfer station", used for stops served by the Papáchē in Pyingshum. On the Papáchē itself, the "Norikichezi" is omitted or abbreviated to "NC"
- Kalzi: used soley around Finkyáse on the AFZH network for stations served by express trains.