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3. Urban Transport Development and Management

      We will promote the modernization process of the road network construction and traffic management in Beijing, aiming at providing convenient, quick, safe, orderly, efficient services. The construction of rail transport system, urban road transport systems, inter-city transport systems, and city transport hubs will be accelerated. All of these will provide favorable conditions for the further socioeconomic and urban development of Beijing and the first class urban transportation services for the Olympic Games as well.

      Urban rail transport ─ we will focus on the construction of a urban rail transport network composed of such projects as Beijing Urban Light Rail, Ba-Tong Subway Line, Subway Line No. 5, Subway Line No. 4, Olympic Subway Line, and the express rail from Dongzhimen to Beijing Capital International Airport.  By 2008, 148.5 kilometers of new rail transport will be added, reaching a total of 202 kilometers, and the subway will be carrying about 10% of the passengers in the city.

      Motorways - we will complete the construction of new expressways including the Fifth Ring Road, the Sixth Ring Road, Beijing-Miyun Road, and a number of first and second grade motorways. By 2008, the length of expressways in the whole city will reach 718 kilometers; motorways will reach 14,700 kilometers, and the road density will reach 87.3 km per square kilometers.

      Urban streets - we will speed up the construction of urban street networks and the improvement of the trunk roads systems made up of ring roads, passing roads, and connecting roads. The density of urban streets will be increased in the course of the old city renovation. By 2007, the construction and expansion of 318 kilometers of urban streets will be completed.

      Airport - in order to satisfy the special demands before, during and after the Olympic Games as well as the needs of the city's future development, we will expand the Beijing Capital International Airport, making it a large hub for international as well as domestic air traffic.

      Buses - we will continue to optimize the public transport network by setting up more bus lanes on the roads and more bus lines. We will build, renovate or expand the public transport terminals at Dongzhimen, Xizhimen, the Zoo, Wangjing, Sihuiqiao, etc., in an effort to form a quick and convenient public transport network, which centers on the urban area and radiates to the suburbs and surrounding residential areas.

      Parking facilities - we will build more parking lots in the urban areas. Parking guiding systems will be installed in key areas. And we will give priority to the construction of a number of public parking areas for automobiles and bicycles at major subway stations and bus terminals.

      Transport control - we will set up comprehensive traffic control organizations to strengthen the control of road traffic, public transport, private vehicles, parking cargo fleets and bicycles. We will impose necessary traffic restrictions in the center city and adopt new traffic regulations. Automobile and parking management will be enforced, a social environment favorable for traffic regulation enforcement will be established and the citizens' consciousness of observing traffic regulations will be raised. The development of an intelligent traffic control and dispatch system, a modern traffic control network information system and a traffic emergency system will be the key projects to be accelerated for the modernization of all-round traffic control in the urban areas.

      Place naming - we will review and refine the existing toponomy system of Beijing and work out a scientific and well-developed place naming system. Supplementary naming work will be done on the Beijing streets and public facilities and a new house number system will be adopted. For the convenience of domestic and foreign visitors, new types of signboards and signposts in commonly used international languages will be put up at overpasses, major public places and along urban roads and streets.

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