Beijing to construct 16 new subway lines
Beijing will build more subway lines this year, as well as roads exclusively for public buses and lanes just for bicycles and provide loweremission means for transportation, local officials said.
The city will start constructing 16 subway lines with a total length of 300 kilometers (186 miles), Rong Jun, spokesman for the Beijing Commission of Transport, told a news briefing. The length of subway lines will increase to about 1,000 km by 2020 from the current 554 km.
The city will also put another 10,000 public bicycles in use so that residents can rent them from bus or subway stations to ride home or to the office. Beijing put 50,000 public bikes in use last year, five times the figure in 2012 when it introduced them.