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More Korean Inter-City Trains to Become Automatic

More Korean Inter-City Trains to Become Automatic

DAEJEON, Nov. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Railroad Corporation (Korail), Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI), and Hyundai Rotem signed a Memorandum of Understanding Tuesday for further implementation of an automatic train operation (ATO) system for Korea’s inter-city trains.  Implementing the system will require two major improvements: reforming the train control platform and the railway [...]

Subway, Railway Workers Go on Strike against Merit Pay System

Subway, Railway Workers Go on Strike against Merit Pay System

SEOUL, Sept. 27 (Korea Bizwire) – Unionized workers of South Korea’s railway and subway services went on their first joint strike in 22 years Tuesday, protesting against the government’s push to implement a performance-based pay system.  The members of Seoul’s two major subway labor unions launched the walkout at 9 a.m., the unions said. The [...]

Seoul Criticized for Wasting High-Value Groundwater Resources

Seoul Criticized for Wasting High-Value Groundwater Resources

SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul boasts one the most complex subway systems in the world, and its massive underground transportation network is also a vast source of underground water.  According to a recent energy policy report from Seoul city’s auditing committee, a daily average of 68,000m3 of groundwater is discharged from 253 subway [...]

Korea Tests Women-Only Subway Cars

Korea Tests Women-Only Subway Cars

BUSAN, June 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The Busan Transportation Corporation (BTC) announced Thursday that it would start a pilot project of women-only subway cars during rush hours, starting June 22. But the move has set off intense controversy over the efficacy of such policy only favorable to women, with some saying this could be reverse [...]

Kakao Releases New ‘KakaoMetro’ Mobile Transportation App

Kakao Releases New ‘KakaoMetro’ Mobile Transportation App

SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Kakao Corporation, South Korea’s mobile behemoth, revealed Thursday that it had released a new mobile transportation application called ‘KakaoMetro’. The new app is a complete overhaul of an existing Android app, Subway Navigation, which Kakao acquired back in 2015. Kakao also released an iOS version of the new app. [...]

Police Raid Seoul Subway Operator over Maintenance Worker’s Death

Police Raid Seoul Subway Operator over Maintenance Worker’s Death

SEOUL, June 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Police raided the headquarters of a Seoul subway operator Thursday as part of their probe into the cause of the accident that killed a 19-year-old maintenance worker on a station platform late last month.  The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) dispatched around 100 officers to raid some 10 organizations, [...]