12-14-2007 11:18

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

The Beijing Municipal Government says the development of smart traffic systems will be given top priority to ensure smooth traffic during the 2008 Olympics.

Like many municipalities around the world, Beijing is facing increasing traffic pressure. And the government is racking its brain to find a solution.

According to a spokesman, more expressways for buses will be built before the 2008 Olympics. Take an already-in-use fast line as an example: a bus can now finish its 30-kilometer journey in around forty minutes, which was previously impossible. In addition, 200-kilometers of rail will be laid and ready for use before the Games. And by 2015, nearly 600 kilometers of rail lines will be in use. The daily number of passengers is expected to reach eight million.