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Pudong Metro network set for 100km extension

BY 2020, Pudong’s Metro network will extend a further 100 kilometers, with 11 cross-river lines.

The Metro extension is part of the district government’s 13th five-year plan (2016-2020), the city government said yesterday. In addition to the 11 Metro cross-river lines, there will be 21 cross-river passages for other traffic.

According to the plan, the district will connect six tunnels across Huangpu River during the five-year period.

Five Metro line construction projects will also be started, such as the third phase of Line 9, as well as Lines 14 and 18. The authority will also work with city-level departments to launch Metro projects such as the Chongming Line.

Under the plan, public transport will play a bigger role in residents’ daily lives.

The plan aims to make public transport account for 55 percent of the downtown area’s total transport system, and 60 percent traffic of public transport will be on the Metro system.

The five-year plan also aims to cut the commuting time of residents who live in downtown Pudong to within 45 minutes on average, and cut the travel time between suburban Nanhui New Town and Pudong’s downtown to within an hour.

More bus stations will be installed to ensure the downtown area is fully covered by a bus station network, according to the plan.

The local authority will further push construction on 30 transport hubs, to promote the project of “one town, one hub” in towns.

To improve the environment for bicycle riders and pedestrians, the authority aims to upgrade landscape design on roads in Pudong.

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