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Bus-only lanes to be extended

THE city will extend its bus-only lanes to 300 kilometers by 2015, up from the current 160km in downtown, traffic authorities announced yesterday.

It's part of a major project to boost the public transport system, with the aim of getting 50 percent of daily commuters to use public transport over the following years.

Most of the lanes, about 240km long, will be set in downtown, officials said.

These lanes are open only to public transport buses during morning and afternoon rush hours.

To ensure smooth running of buses, officials said yesterday, cameras have been installed at the front and rear of two buses along route No. 127 on a trial basis. The idea is to deter other vehicles from illegally using the bus-only lanes.

Many vehicles use the lanes as shortcuts during rush hours, adding to congestion on city roads.

The use of the equipment will be expanded to other buses by the end of the year.

The traffic authority said it will make changes to the bus-only lanes and increase supervision.

It's part of a package of measures meant to ensure traffic priority for public buses, according to the Shanghai Transport and Port Administration.


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