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Beijing ponders solutions to traffic

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China's rapid development has nurtured a number of metropolises. High living costs and increasing pressure are daily struggles city dwellers have to deal with.

And Beijing traffic is one of the most difficult problems for city planners. Our reporter Han Bin looks at one solution to traffic congestion of the capital's public transportation system.

Rush hour in Beijing.

For many of the city's 13 million residents, who rely on the bus system... just getting to work can mean a daily struggle.

Yang Weiwei takes one of the busiest buses to work. She pays only 40 Fen, or about 5 US cents for a single journey. She is lucky to get a seat, because the ride is about an hour. But taking the bus is the cheapest way.

Yang Weiwei, Beijing Resident, said, "Generally speaking, travelling by bus is the most convenient way for me to get around. For average workers like me, public transport is still the best."

But along with low fairs, come over crowding and traffic jams. And it can be tough for the passengers who have to transfer the for the first time. Not only do they have to find the right bus, but the timetales can be a mistery.

"This is the rush hour squeeze on Beijing's subway, the odd-even plan is getting four million more riders on public transport as a whole."

The alternate day traffic plan has forced some private car drivers to use public transport.

Geng Li is one of them.

Geng Li, Passenger, said, "If the public transport is clean, not very crowded and convenient, I'd like to continue to take it."

Professor Yang Xinmiao, Tsinghua University, said, "We could not build congestion, building roads out of congestion, that means you build more roads, you attract more people to use cars, and you have more congestion, it's a bad circle. "

For the long term, Yang Xinmiao says the city needs to make better use of land, reducing the the distance between workplace and home.

And managing the 20 thousand public buses now on the road is already a monumental task.

But all of the changes can not match the exponential growth of cars on the roads.

For Yang Bo, owning a car has been her dream. Her car is only one-year old. The days of taking the bus are over.

Yang Bo, Beijing Resident, said, "I can afford a car, and taking the bus takes too much time. Saving time is saving money, isn't it? "

But even Yang Bo's little car pollutes. And every day... one-thousand new cars drive onto the streets, but the real challenge is finding a long term solution.

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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