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Residents rebuffed on bus noise

RESIDENTS in a community in Pudong's central Lujiazui area will have to put up with traffic noise for another few months because the traffic authorities said it doesn't intend to reduce the number of buses that run near the complex until the World Expo ends.

After Yanlord Garden residents, many expats among them, complained about the din from bus horns, Pudong New Area traffic authorities adopted a series of measures to cut the noise in a bus parking lot on Puming Road, including changing the bus schedule.

But residents said the improvements have done little to make life more bearable.

"The ultimate problem has not been solved," said a woman surnamed Fang, who lives in a building just opposite the parking lot. "The parking lot holds too many buses over its capacity."

The five-lane lot used to accommodate six bus lines, but another two bus lines' terminals were moved to it from nearby Fucheng Road after traffic authorities forbade buses from parking on roads during the Expo period, the authorities said.

"It's really hard for buses of the parking lot to drive into the busy traffic flow on Puming Road during rush hours, when buses must leave in short intervals to pick up passengers," Fang said.

"Buses queue in the parking lot or cause traffic jams on the Puming Road when trying to get out of the parking lot and join the traffic flow. Impatient drivers toot the horns from time to time from 6am every day."

The traffic authorities said they've asked drivers not to blow their horns in the parking lot and ordered them to turn their engines off when parking for more than eight minutes. They've barred the bus operators from using loudspeakers before 6am and after 7pm.

"We will carry out an inspection on the site next week," said Wang Weibo, an official with Pudong Construction and Traffic Commission.

"The two additional bus stops will be relocated after the Expo," he said. "But it's not likely to happen now."


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