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80% of those surveyed complain about traffic

NEARLY 80 percent of 15,217 urban Chinese polled in an online survey said traffic jams plague their cities during rush hour, a survey by the China Youth Daily showed.

Those polled, all aged 20 to 40, were scattered across almost all the provinces and municipalities, the newspaper reported yesterday. About 42 percent of them complained about crowded underground lines and buses.

Hu Siji, a professor on transport management in Beijing Jiaotong University, told Xinhua news agency yesterday that the main reason for traffic jams in cities is the high number of people and cars.

Driven by better job opportunities and lives in the cities, China's urban population had surged to 607 million by the end of last year, an increase of 32 percent over 2000, according to a report released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences on Monday.

Beijing, the nation's capital with some 18 million residents, has long been known among the Chinese as the "capital of traffic jams."

The city has around 3 million cars on its streets every day. Its eight underground lines and 25,000 buses are jammed throughout rush hours.

Those surveyed suggested flexible work hours, more underground lines and buses, and less use of private cars as solutions to the national problem.



 

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