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West Sec­ond Ring Road is city’s most crowded thor­ough­fare dur­ing the day­time

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHENG JINRAN zhengjin­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing topped the traf­fic con­ges­tion list of 45 do­mes­tic cities in the sec­ond quar­ter and ride-hail­ing ser­vices was cited in a re­port as a ma­jor rea­son.

Bei­jing topped the traf­fic con­ges­tion list of 45 ma­jor do­mes­tic cities in the sec­ond quar­ter, and the fre­quent use of ride-hail­ing ser­vices was cited in a re­port as a ma­jor rea­son.

Com­muters in Bei­jing spent on av­er­age 32 min­utes per hour in traf­fic jams while trav­el­ing dur­ing rush hours, said a re­port re­leased on Tues­day by Au­toNavi Soft­ware Co, a mo­bile web-map­ping ser­vice provider.

Work­ers’ Sta­dium North Road, ad­ja­cent to Taikoo Li San­l­i­tun, the cap­i­tal’s busy en­ter­tain­ment zone, was ranked as the coun­try’s most con­gested road at night, with ac­cu­mu­lated jams to­tal­ing 162 hours from April to July, the quar­terly re­port said.

Bei­jing’s West Sec­ond Ring Road was ranked as the most se­verely con­gested dur­ing the day­time, with driv­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing con­ges­tion for eight hours per day in the sec­ond quar­ter, the re­port said.

The Bei­jing Trans­porta­tion Re­search Cen­ter, un­der the city trans­porta­tion com­mis­sion, also found wors­en­ing con­di­tions in July as the traf­fic in­dex in­creased 31.6 per­cent year-on-year. Rush hour con­ges­tion was 36.4 per­cent higher in July than the pre­vi­ous year.

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the top five most con­gested cities were Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Ji­nan and Dalian from April to July, ac­cord­ing to the traf­fic jam in­dex, which was cal­cu­lated by Au­toNavi.

Rain­storms were a ma­jor rea­son for ex­tended traf­fic jams, es­pe­cially in south­ern cities, which have been hit fre­quently by heavy rain­fall, said the quar­terly re­port, which is based on data from more than 300 mil­lion users.

Guangzhou, for ex­am­ple, had 32 days of rain in the sec­ond quar­ter, which con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to wors­en­ing traf­fic qual­ity. The rain ex­tended typ­i­cal jour­neys by 30 min­utes.

Fre­quent use of ve­hi­cles from ride-hail­ing ser­vices was also cited as a ma­jor fac­tor in wors­en­ing traf­fic, es­pe­cially in Bei­jing, the sur­vey said. The traf­fic jam in­dex be­gan climb­ing in­May.

“E-hail­ing ser­vices have changed pas­sen­ger habits on com­mut­ing and travel, and the fre­quent use of pri­vate ve­hi­cles sum­moned from the ser­vices has put­more­pres­sure on rush-hour traf­fic,” said Wang Yu­jing, a data an­a­lyst at Au­toNavi.

Wang said in­creased use of public trans­porta­tion in rush hours could help the sit­u­a­tion.

The re­port also found that 40 of the 45 ma­jor cities sur­veyed saw wors­en­ing traf­fic con­di­tions when com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. First- and sec­ond-tier cities such as Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Chengdu saw more ob­vi­ous de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

The Bei­jing Trans­porta­tion Com­mis­sion also noted a neg­a­tive im­pact from ride-hail­ing apps.

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