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More buses set for suburbs

THE Shanghai Communications, Transport and Port Bureau said yesterday that it would soon create new short-term bus routes to connect some suburban neighborhoods to major Metro and bus stations to reduce the demand for illegal cabs.

Some routes should be up and running in several weeks, said the bureau.

The bureau would conduct a survey on the popular city government Website to decide which suburban towns and neighborhoods will get the service, according to officials.

Although these routes will likely lose money, the effort must be made to help ease a serious shortage of mass transit in outlying reaches of the city, the bureau said.

The bureau didn't say if the routes' operating bus companies would be subsidized by the government.

About 70 percent of 578 respondents in a new Oriental Morning Post poll said the lack of convenient subways and bus system around suburban residential areas is the core reason for the spread of "black cabs."

Many people, including some members of the city's top political advisory bodies, are urging the government to increase mass transit options as more residents move away from the city's center.

Also yesterday, Professor Li Mingyao, a member of the city's top political advisory body, the Shanghai Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, suggested the government encourage car pooling by setting up an online matching service of riders and private car owners.

People would leave their names and ID card numbers at a web platform.

Car pooling would reduce congestion and save energy, Li said.


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