Beijing aims to ease traffic woes (newsphoto) Updated: 2004-05-27 15:54
Beijing plans to invest 180 billion yuan
(US$21.69 billion) to improve the city's traffic condition in the next
four years. Thanks to the investment in public transportation system
and road construction programs, traffic has already
become smoother in the city, which now has more than 1 million private
cars. According to officials from the Beijing Municipal
Communications Commission, 19 intersections that often see traffic
jams have been renovated over the past four months.[newsphoto]
Traffic becomes smoother on the Third Ring
Road. The city government plans to build parking lots along the Fourth and
Fifth Ring Roads where cars can be parked for free or a small fee to
facilitate their owners switching to public transit.
The east-west Chang'an Avenue, together with
the extension of the north-south central axis that runs through the
Forbidden City, are the "two arteries" of Beijing.