200 million pack China's roads for May Day holidays

15:27, May 04, 2010      

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During the May Day holidays, most parts of China experienced excellent weather conditions that were suitable for travel. In addition, the Shanghai World Expo Park's official opening on May 1 also led to an increase in transportation.

The passenger volume on national roads during the May Day holidays reached 188 million, with an average of 63 million passengers per day. The transport volume of city buses stood at 600 million passengers, with an average of 200 million passengers each day.

He Jianzhong, spokesperson for Ministry of Transportation, said during this year's May Day holidays, the passengers traveling on national roads showed three features. First, the people taking short-distance trips accounted for the majority. Second, sightseeing and recreation were the main purposes of traveling. Third, the passenger volume of Shanghai and its surrounding areas increased significantly but the transport capacity was sufficient, transporting a daily passenger volume of 250,000.

Between May 1 and May 3, the national road traffic situation remained stable as a whole, without serious traffic accidents in which more than 10 people died or serious traffic congestion. The public security management departments from eight provinces and cities that surround Shanghai struggled to maintain traffic order in Shanghai and surrounding areas. Up until 2 p.m. on May 3, the traffic in Shanghai remained stable without serious traffic congestion.

By People's Daily Online


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