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Blueprint of Shanghai's first rapid bus system announced

SHANGHAI will start to build its first Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT system, in Fengxian, Minhang and Pudong districts to ease traffic congestion and better assist transport for residents in the areas, according to the city's planning and land administrative bureau.
The bureau yesterday unveiled the design blueprint of the new BRT system, a faster and more efficient bus service with its own dedicated lanes inaccessible to other traffic. The new system will cover Nanqiao New Town in Fengxian and Oriental Sports Center in the Pudong New Area.
The length of the BRT line will be 33.5 kilometers with 17 stations, which is expected to help better serve more than 100,000 residents in the region.
The blueprint did not say exactly when the construction work will begin.
Shanghai traffic has continued to grow with more vehicles and commuting volumes. About 17 million people commute each day on average - 45 percent take buses while 36.6 percent use the Metro. Compared with the subway system, BRT has its advantage of relatively low costs.


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