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City wants to move buses faster with green lights

SHANGHAI'S buses are expected to get traffic signal priority as the city moves ahead on plans to further develop public transportation.

Traffic jams have long been a headache for local traffic administrations, which encourage daily commuters to ride public transportation as the streets get increasingly jammed with private cars.

"We should insist on the concept of giving public transportation the priority despite the difficulties of current traffic conditions," Zhu Weiming, deputy director of the Shanghai Public Security Bureau, said in an interview yesterday.

Zhu said testing is planned on urban roads. The priorities include prolonging green light times or shortening the red light span when a bus approaches to enable it to pass quickly.

Zhou Huai, deputy director of the Shanghai traffic and port administration, said a shuttle bus line connecting Metro stations of Line 6 is likely to be the first to get signal priority.

Zhou estimated that bus trip times can be shortened by more than 20 percent once they get signal priority.

The shuttle opened earlier last month as the city decided to channel Metro riders onto buses instead of the subway trains, which were getting too crowded during the morning rush hour. However, commuters are not greeting the bus route with open arms because it takes more time to ride the bus amid street traffic.


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