Staggered traffic at rush hour on table
The Shanghai municipal government is considering a staggered rush hour to ease mounting traffic congestion in the city, representatives of the people’s congress of Shanghai said.
Hu Min, a people’s representative and an auto engineer, said Monday that the Shanghai municipal government told him his suggestion was constructive, and that relevant departments will listen to advice from various parties as to how to implement it.
“Traffic congestion during the morning and evening rush hours becomes normal in more and more parts of the city, and the congestion usually moves between large residential communities and areas of industrial parks and city business centers,” said Hu, who studied the issue in Shanghai for several years.
Although the government continues to build new tunnels, elevated roads and subways, the new infrastructure always lags the increasing traffic.
Hu suggested that the government try a pilot staggered rush hour program in certain areas.
The development research center of Shanghai’s government said there must be a series of supporting measures and policies before the plan can take effect, because it involves not only traffic but also schedule changes of many interrelated employers, who work at the same time of the day.
The center suggested that the government increase input on public transportation and raise awareness to make it the first option for relieving congestion and cutting carbon emissions.
The Shanghai public security bureau said that traffic mainly comes from five groups: people going to schools, factories, entertainment sites, hospitals and governments. The first three groups mainly take buses and subways.
Traffic congestion during the morning and evening rush hours becomes normal in more and more parts of the city, and the congestion usually moves between large residential communities and areas of industrial parks and city business centers.” HU MIN PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVE AND AUTO ENGINEER
The public security bureau said that white-collar workers in government, companies, banks and public departments should use public transportation more.
Yang Xiaoguang, a professor of transportation studies at Tongji University, said: “One third of employees in the United States have a flexible working schedule, with the assistance of the Internet. As a global city, Shanghai needs to encourage more people to work that way.”
New elevated roads cannot meet the fast-rising demand created by rising vehicular traffic in Shanghai.