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Big plans for public transport

SHANGHAI will build more taxi stands at busy public venues and support them with taxi allocation systems which will allocate taxis to areas where there is the most demand.

It is an initiative inspired by the Shanghai World Expo, said the city's top traffic-planning authority, which is also the local government's traffic development advisor.

During the early stages of the Expo, the traffic authorities limited access to taxis inside Expo sites.

But they then began to allot a certain number of taxis to specific areas depending on demand.

The taxi allocation systems proved successful and passengers were able to get cabs smoothly and in an orderly fashion.

"In the future, traffic authorities will have more taxi stands in busy areas, supported by real-time taxi -allocation systems," Zhu Hong, a chief engineer with the Shanghai City Comprehensive Transportation Planning Institute, said yesterday.

The city will also continue to focus on reining in the growth of automobiles on local streets and encourage more people to use public transportation, mainly the Metro and buses.

It aims to achieve this by further improving and expanding services, according to the institute.

More bike lanes and two-wheeler parking sites will be set up in the coming years to facilitate the city's low-carbon transportation drive.

Facilities for cyclists will encourage people to ride bikes in short commutes between their homes and Metro stations or bus stops.

Given the fact that Shanghai is expanding residential complexes to more suburban areas, bikes have become a favorite mode of transport for commuters traveling between their houses and transport hubs.

But many have been obstructed from riding because of the lack of safe cycling lanes and the absence of parking facilities, the traffic experts said.

"The city still features a large number of cyclists, despite the growth in car traffic. In the future, while continuing to make efforts to curb car traffic, we will also protect and revive 'slow traffic' space," said Zhu.


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