8. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Deputy Director Traffic Control, Meng Xianlong
"By 2008 should we have the Olympic Games, we will have some very good solutions. Our public transport system will have developed a lot. We think that by that stage there will be 2,500,000 vehicles in Beijing, but our public transport system such as the underground will have improved so that by 2008 we will have a good and safe system."
As Beijing prepares to stage the 2008 Olympic Games, one main infrastructure problem has been highlighted.
Over the last 20 years or so, Beijing, like many other Asian cities, has become increasingly choked with traffic.
Beijing's bicycles, which were previously so omnipresent, have been pushed aside, as the city has taken to four wheels.
That, of course, means more pollution, and, as the volume of cars, taxis, buses and lorries increases, moving around the city becomes more difficult.
Some remedies are obvious.
In addition to the three ring roads currently circling the city, another is being built, and a fifth planned.
Five new underground lines are also being built, in addition to the present two, to improve public transport by 2008.
However, traffic still needs to be kept flowing, with the result that the Beijing police have invested in a state-of-the-art traffic control system, enabling them to pinpoint trouble around the entire network.
With 2008 in mind, there are plans to upgrade even the current system.
Beijing traffic is by no means the most fluid in the world, but the city is intent on keeping moving towards 2008.
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