Thursday, February 10, 2011

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.

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