Beijing aims for 40% proportion of public transportation in 2010

16:39, January 26, 2010      

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"Beijing will strive to build a green traffic system in which rail transit will function as its backbone and buses will act as a major player, and multiple transportation means will coordinate with others, attempting to increase the proportion of public transportation to 40 percent," said Beijing Mayor Guo Jinlong when he delivered the government work report during the third session of the 13th Beijing Municipal People's Congress.

Beijing will continue to advance the construction of 12 light rail transit lines, attempting to complete the Yizhuang and Daxing lines and the first stages of the Fangshan, Changping and Shunyi lines, expanding Beijing's total rail operation mileage to 300 kilometers.

Guo said that Beijing plans to extend its bus rapid transit (BRT) system, optimize and adjust bus lines, accelerate the construction of comprehensive passenger transportation hubs, bus parking sites and traffic hub supporting projects, complete the construction of 4 BRT roads such as Puhuangyu Road, and initiate the construction of roads connecting with highways in major townships.

Beijing put its Subway Line 4 into service in 2009, increasing the city's rail operation mileage to 228 kilometers and the mileage of rail transit lines under construction reached 280.2 kilometers. The 6th Ring Road and the Beijing-Chengde Expressway were put into service in 2009, increasing the total expressway mileage to 884 kilometers. Through the optimization of bus lines and improvement in passenger transfers, public transportation carried a total of 6.2 billion passengers in 2009, raising the proportion of public transportation to 38.9 percent.

By People's Daily Online
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