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Restricted driving trial begins in Guangzhou

09-14-2010 08:32 BJT

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The 16th Asian Games are approaching quickly. In order to provide hassle-free transportation for the Games, local authorities in Guangzhou have conducted four-day restricted driving trial. Cars will be allowed to use the roads only on days that correspond to the last number of their license plates. And this is only one of several methods being used to improve the flow of traffic in the city. Our reporter QU SHANG filed this report from Guangzhou.

This is a regular Monday morning in Guangzhou. People are rushing to jobs in different ways. Many of them have gotten used to driving their own cars to work. But this will have to change now. Under the city's new policy, privately owned vehicles will only be allowed to drive on the road every other day. Since the trial began, road traffic has essentially been reduced by half. More and more people are choosing public transportation.

Feng Changxi, taxi driver of Guangzhou, said, "The traffic has improved a lot since the testing began. Traffic jams have become less frequent than before while passengers have increased by a third. Some of them complain that the driving policy is very inconvenient. However, I think people's everyday lives have not been affected and the traffic has greatly improved."

In addition to taxis, people have other choices. The subway is the first option for most people. The opening of Rapid Bus Transit also saves much time, as compared to regular bus service. Although buses are often crowed, they're often cheaper than the subway. Apart from these two choices, residents have yet another option. Public bicycles are a new way to commute. After validating a transportation card, you can use a bike like this free of charge for an hour.

Wang Wei, engineer of Guangzhou,said, "I have been going to work by public bicycle for two months. My home is not so far from my company, so I think it is very convenient. The only problems is that there is no specific lane for this kind of bike. Also, increasing numbers of people are choosing this way to get to works so I often have to wait for a bike."

Wang Wei says the policy of restricted driving will benefit the Asian Games, despite the fact it's created some inconvenience for some people. During the Games, local authorities have set aside a special lane for authorized vehicles only. In addition, a plan to stagger work hours is being considered in a bid to cut down on rush hour traffic. All these plans are being taken with the aim of showing the world a wonderful and well-run Asian Games.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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