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Expats praise public transport system

EXPATRIATES and tourists in Shanghai think highly of the city's public transport system, a recent survey found.

Chinese, however, gave a lower rating with many saying improvements need to be made to "smooth traffic and transit."

The survey, conducted by the local quality association, collected 2,211 questionnaires citywide last month. Of those, 403 were completed by expatriates or tourists.

The Metro network received the most compliments, followed by taxis and buses, the survey found.

Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they choose subways and buses as their main modes of transport, a sign of the progress the city has made to boost public transport.

About 50 percent of the foreigners who filled out the questionnaire said "they often take the subway."

Respondents said they wanted the Metro to extend service hours.

Sun Jianping, director of the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration, said the city will "continue to improve subway coverage downtown and increase transport options."

Shanghai will add another 175 kilometers of subway track in the next three years. By 2015, the subway network will stretch 600 kilometers.


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