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Beijingers face rising parking fees

04-02-2011 08:26 BJT

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Amid the parking price hike, residents living in the suburbs while having to work downtown are caught in the middle. They are unwilling to pay the sky-high parking fees, but do not want to go to the trouble of using public transportation.

Meet Mr. Zhao. He is all too aware of Beijing's traffic mayhem.

He lives in Beijing's north, but works in the south, some 30 kilometers away from his home.

He bought a car last year, hoping to make his trip to work more convenient.

However, he got more than he bargained for on the first day, as he was hit with whopping parking fees.

Amid the parking price hike, residents living in
the suburbs while having to work downtown are
caught in the middle. They are unwilling to pay
the sky-high parking fees, but do not want to go
to the trouble of using public transportation.

Beijing resident Zhao Zhenhai said, "When I prepared to leave the parking lot, I was asked to pay 60 yuan for parking 10 hours. I couldn't believe it."

With the sky-high parking fees, Mr. Zhao began to take buses.

Then came a new problem.

He said, "I took buses to work on the second day, but it was so crowded. When I finally laid my feet on the bus, I found I was already late for work."

After weighing the pros and cons, another idea came to Mr. Zhao's head.

He drove to the subway station first, then went to work by subway.

However,his idea did not pan out as he had expected.

Since there's not enough parking spaces around the subway,he had to park illegally everyday.

And so do the drivers of more than 15-hundred cars around the subway station.

Some cars are even parked on blind tracks.

Parking lot shortages can also be found at downtown areas.

In Xidan District, one of Beijing's most popular areas for shopping, cars are parked along the narrow roads, with those lining up to go underground contributing to the congestion.

But experts say it's unwise to add more parking places in downtown areas.

Zhang Zhuting, expert on transportation law, said, "If more parking places are added in downtown areas, there won't be enough space for cars to travel through, which will lead to another round of traffic jams."

But that is not the case for parking in the suburbs.

As for Mr. Zhao, his wish at this moment, as well as for those of thousands others, is for local authorities to add more parking spaces near the subway, making the green transport mode accessible for more and more people.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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