Bei­jing to con­struct 16 new sub­way lines

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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