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Shanghai’s traffic jams rated worst in China

SHANGHAI has the worst rush-hour traffic jams of any major city in China, a survey released yesterday said.

According to Beijing-based AutoNavi — the country’s biggest online mapping service provider — for the three months through June, Shanghai had a “jam index” of 2.16.

This means that people spent 2.16 times longer in traffic jams during rush hours than they did at other times of the day. Scores of two or above indicate serious jam conditions, the poll said.

The findings were based on data collected from AutoNavi users and taxi firms between April and June.

After Shanghai, China’s most congested cities were Hangzhou (2.1), Beijing (2.09), Chongqing (2.07) and Shenzhen (2.05).

In Shanghai, the worst jams were recorded on Monday and Thursday mornings, and Friday evenings, when the index peaked at 2.28, the survey said.

The most congested areas were the Hongqiao-Bund section of the Yan’an Elevated Road, Zhongshan Road N1, Guangling No. 4 Road and Hengshan Road, it said.

The commercial centers of Xujiahui, People’s Square, Lujiazui and Sichuan Road N. were also badly affected, it said.

Lulu Wu, who works as a marketing manager in the city, described the rush-hour commute along Yan’an Elevated Road from his home in Hongqiao to his office in downtown People’s Square as “a torment.”

So now he takes the subway to work instead.


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