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Survey on Beijing traffic
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2005-08-03 11:17

A survey released here in Beijing on Tuesday suggests that nearly half of Beijing residents object to any restrictions being put on the ownership of private cars. But at the same time, they demand a better public transport system.

The survey, involving 246 residents was conducted at 18 locations notorious for traffic congestion. 47 percent of respondents believed the key to solving the traffic problem is to improve the public transport service, rather than setting any limits on private cars. About 60 percent of respondents said Beijing's traffic problems create a bad image for the city. 52 percent blamed the traffic jams on what they described as irrational urban planning. It is estimated that in 2008 when Beijing hosts the Olympic Games, the number of vehicles in the city will reach 3.2 million. About 65 percent of those questioned said they were optimistic about seeing an improvement in the traffic situation after expected infrastructure improvements ahead of the 2008 games.

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