Beijing Daily Traffic Jams Average Nearly 2 Hours Last Year
   2014-02-12 22:05:52    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Cui

File photo taken on Sept. 22, 2013 shows the crossroad of Guomao area at the evening rush hour in Beijing. More than 150 Chinese cities including Beijing observed World Car Free Day on Sunday to fight air pollution, but the capital remained clogged with traffic jams. [Photo: Xinhua/Gong Lei]

Beijing's traffic is notorious for marooning drivers and passengers amid a sea of cars gridlocked on the capital's roads. In 2013, Beijing's workday traffic jams lasts an average of one hour and 55 minutes, 25 minutes longer than that of the previous year, according a report by The Mirror.

Although the city tries to limit the number of new cars hitting the streets through a lottery system for car license plates, the amount of cars on Beijing's roads increased by 236,000 last year.

To battle the growing traffic problem, Beijing extended its subway lines 465 kilometers, shouldering 44.8 percent of the city's transport passengers.

Beijing is also trying to get the passengers back on bicycles. However, with over five million cars adding to the city's pervasive air pollution problem, it will be years before any progress is noticable.

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