Friday, August 17, 2007

Idyllic Traffic

Today was the start of the four-day test to get some 1.3 million cars off Beijing streets today.

All cars with license plates ending with an even number were not allowed on the roads. And what a difference it made.

I was worried that other people who usually drove a car would be fighting over cabs, so I purposely left my apartment 15 minutes earlier.

It took less than five minutes to flag down a taxi and once we got onto the fourth ring road, traffic was a breeze.

As you can see from the picture, on the highway we weren't bumper to bumper and I got to work in record time: 12 minutes.

And after work during rush hour, I took the bus to meet some friends and again traffic wasn't bad. However, the subway was jammed with people, particularly at Jianguomen station, a transfer point for Line 1 and Line 2.

Now if only everyday traffic could be like this...

1 comment:

ks said...

ctv's steve tsao had a similar reporting on the same subject. it seems a good idea. but the subway system needs upgrade and extension if this is going to be a permenant solution. one problem still difficult to solve is pollution. from the pictures shown on tv the smog is reeallly horrific.