Attempts to alleviate Beijing traffic anger drivers (2)

09:39, April 13, 2010      

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Jie Jianwei, a 38-year-old civil servant who drives her child to school every morning, said that it seemed morning congestion was twice as bad Monday because of the staggered working hours.

"At 7:30, I drove my daughter to school against the routine morning traffic jam and went back home. An hour and a half later when I set off for work … that's when another peak hour started," Jie said.

Jie is among the 810,000 Beijingers, most of whom are pubic workers, who have had to change their work schedules because of the new staggered-hours policy that keeps them all from starting at the same time, meaning they aren't all on the road at the same time.

The change affects all government-affiliated institutions and State-owned enterprises.

Beijing joins Chengdu, Chongqing, Nanchang and Shenzhen in applying the staggered working hours to ease traffic congestion.
Chao Chewei, an office worker in Zhongguancun, a district that hosts most IT and high-tech companies, who normally starts work at 9 am, said he was 20 minutes late Monday because he was stuck in a lingering traffic jam between 8:30 am and 9 am.

"I texted my boss to say I was going to be late, but I found out later he was also late due to the bad traffic," he said.

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