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Ferries to return to Huangpu River in 2 months

IN about two months, the first shuttle ferries designed for commuters will appear on the downtown section of the Huangpu River, city officials said today.

Among the routes planned, Lujiazui -- the city's financial and trade zone in Pudong -- will have ferry crossings to Yangpu and Hongkou districts, said Sun Jianping, head of the city's transportation bureau.

It's the latest effort by the city planner to relieve the pressure of Shanghai's congested roads and Metro lines by utilizing its many waterways.

Instead of jostling for room in an overloaded subway train or getting stuck on a crawling road, commuters from Yangpu District, for example, can get to office or home in only 20 minutes by taking a ferry across the Huangpu River, a shortcut compared with land routes.


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