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Ferries to work soon in Minhang

RESIDENTS in Minhang District may soon be able to catch a ferry to and from work, as urban planners come up with novel ways to overcome traffic jams and packed Metro trains.

Planners said several ferry routes could be established along the district's 15 rivers stretching 148.93 kilometers throughout the area. Officials have started canvassing public opinions from residents about the possible routes.

Care would be taken to integrate the ferries with bus and Metro routes to improve traffic efficiency, officials said.

A pioneering ferry project, running along 7.3 kilometers of a canal between Zhong-chun Road and Chunshentang area, will soon start construction, said district officials. Four wharves will be constructed so the ferry can pick up and drop off passengers at Zhongchun Road, Humin Road, Dushi Road and Xinduhui Road.

The future ferry route will run past a dozen residential complexes in Minhang and also extends to a business center at Dushi Road, giving planners a strong reason to believe the service will be well used.

Passenger docks will be built alongside major roads to help people transfer to other means of transport.

The ferry route is designed to cater to 2,000-plus passengers daily.

However, engineers warned that existing bridges and gates on some canals and rivers would restrict ferry traffic.

Minhang was home to 1.78 million people including migrants at the end of last year.


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