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Transport network to improve

SHANGHAI residents can expect to spend less than 45 minutes traveling between any two downtown destinations as more subways, highways and railways will be built in the next five years, the city's construction and transport commission said yesterday.

The transport network will also enable them to reach most cities in the Yangtze River Delta region within 90 minutes, the Shanghai Urban and Rural Construction and Transport Commission said.

By the end of 2015, the city's Metro network and improved road access will ensure a commute inside downtown areas will take 45 minutes or less.

Traveling from the suburbs to downtown Shanghai will take no more than 60 minutes, officials said.

By then, more provincial highways and railways will mean most cities in the Yangtze River Delta will be accessible within 90 minutes.

Another 200 kilometers of highways along with 200 kilometers of Metros and suburban railway lines will be built in the period, officials said.

This year, 84 major infrastructure projects costing 100 billion yuan (US$15.2 billion) will start construction. Part of the money will be spent on some urban face-lift programs such as support facilities for the Hongqiao development zone.

Construction of Metro Line 12, Line 13 and the northern extension of Line 11 will accelerate this year.

Metro Line 17 and extensions to lines 5, 8, 9 and 10 will begin construction in following years.

Aside from expanding the transport network, commission officials said the city will raise energy efficiency standards for the construction and transport industries in the next five years.

Buildings use nearly 20 percent of local energy while public transport uses another 24 percent, according to a recent report by the city's legislative body.

The city also plans to finish renovating 40 million square meters of residential and office space in the next five years to save energy.

Also, authorities plan to have developers provide more decorated new homes so owners can save money and time in decorating apartments, which often leads to a waste of construction materials.


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