Public Transport in Shanghai. Past, Present and Future

After many years of having virtually no public transportation operations, Shanghai has finally started to develop a public transportation system that reflects the city's population and economic growth. This article summarizes how Shanghai's public transportation options have expanded over time. Walking and cycling were the dominant transportation modes in Shanghai for many years, with overcrowded buses filling the need for transportation over longer journeys. Substantial improvements have been made to Shanghai's public transportation in the past decade as city planners attempt to control urban sprawl. Shanghai now has taxi, bus, and rail transportation systems. The rail transportation service includes the world's first commercial Maglev system. Future plans include new rail transit lines and 10 transportation interchange facilities. However, the success of public transit depends on how well Shanghai is able to integrate transportation planning as part of an integrated urban planning effort.


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  • Accession Number: 01049754
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 2007 12:14AM