Beijing launches large-scale transport study

08:34, June 07, 2010      

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Fifty thousand families will be interviewed from June to September by the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transportation about their daily transport.

Conducted every five years, the research aims to provide information for Beijing's next five-year development plan.

The research kicked off on Thursday.

Each family will answer questions including where they go on a typical day in their lives, what transport they choose to take and where they find their parking spaces.

On top of the 50,000 families, another 1,000 volunteers will be given global positioning equipment for one day to enable the authorities to track their locations throughout the day.

"We need to know where the human 'tides' flow in the city," said a commission expert.

"This data can help us plan our public transportation system and the city in general."

Families were randomly chosen in all 18 districts and counties under Beijing's municipal jurisdiction.

Most interviews are scheduled for September.

The results will be announced by the end of the year.

The commission is also planning on a website where citizens can submit their daily commutes. The website will also be accessible via mobile phone.

Source: Global Times


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