Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Beijing Olympic Traffic Restrictions

Beijing Olympic Traffic Restrictions

Authorities in Beijing plan to introduce a range of traffic restrictions, including car bans, before the athletes start arriving in the athletes’ village during July 2008. The restrictions will ease traffic jams and improve air quality in the city. Last August when the restrictions were given a trial run the city enjoyed a number of consecutive blue sky days.

Vehicles will be banned on alternate days according to odd and even numbers. In effect the ban is likely to start around the 17th July and end after the Paralympic Games. Government vehicles will also be restricted during the same time.

Beijing plans to assist Olympic participants by introducing special traffic lanes leading to venues. Extra subway trains are being added to the subway system and new buses will be added to the public transport system. Public transport hours will also be increased to improve accessibility around the city.

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