Shenzhen is the fourth metropolis in China to see an average of more than 10 million trips via public transport each day, but the current transport system is in desperate need of improvement.
The city has vowed to further improve public transportation as well as walkways for pedestrians in the following five years, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported.
There are only five Metro lines operating in Shenzhen right now. Most of the Metro cars are overloaded during peak hours. Many areas in Yantian District, and Pingshan and Guangming new areas have no Metro lines. Fewer people are taking public buses because of bad traffic.
The Municipal Government has pledged to tackle existing problems and make 60 percent of travel in Shenzhen be through public transport by 2020. More investment will be put into the construction of Metro lines, while bus routes, footbridges and walkways will also be built and improved.
Construction of six new Metro lines started at the end of last year. Among the six lines, Metro Line 8 attracted the most attention as the line connects Shekou to Yantian District. Ten Metro lines, totaling 210 kilometers, will be completed in the following years, forming a citywide network.
“Three new Metro lines will be finished this year. Metro Line 11 already started trial operations and will be put into service by June,” said a spokesperson from the city’s railway construction office. The spokesperson also said that Metro Line 7 and 9 will open by the end of this year.
A full Metro network, totaling 425 kilometers, will exist by 2020. Shenzhen will surpass Hong Kong and catch up with Shanghai in terms of average speed of Metro construction each year.
Also, 140 new trains will be put into use this year to shorten the waiting time for passengers, making it more convenient for residents to take public transport during peak hours.
The city is considering building five Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects in Nanshan, Futian, Luohu, and Longgang districts, which can better manage buses. More public parking lots will be built near bus stations.
Bus lanes will be extended to 2,030 kilometers. More than 1,200 pieces of surveillance equipment will be installed by 2020 to stop illegal use of bus lanes.
Learning from Hong Kong and Singapore, Shenzhen will provide better walkways for pedestrians, connecting public transport stops to buildings and residential compounds.
Many jaywalkers now cross roads via green belts because no footbridge or underground passageways are available. The situation is going to improve in the near future as the city constructs more pedestrian-friendly pathways at crowded intersections, mostly in Futian and Nanshan districts, over the next few years.
Nine bicycle lanes will be built in Futian District, covering populated areas including Hongli Road and Xinzhou Road.
Rental bicycles will be managed by a municipal system. Each district has its own rental bicycle system now, which is inconvenient for many residents that commute between different districts.