Passengers took advantage of free public transportation
Last Monday passengers flocked at the Guangzhou Metro taking advantage of the free public transportation that was set for the Asian and Para Games. Guangzhou Metro had 6 million passengers, a 2 million more passengers than the Metro have on an average week day.
The overflow of passengers had some Metro stations to close temporarily because of peak traffic. Passengers took advantage of the free transportation because of the regulations restricting vehicles on roads. Vehicles are only allowed on alternating days from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. by using the odd and even license plates. Public buses have to increase their route time to fifteen minutes just to accommodate passenger increase of 9 percent.
The free public transportation was planned in part of the city’s plan to create a less congested and polluted host city for the 16th Asian Games and 2010 Asian Para Games. The odd and even license plate system is operated from November 1 to 29 and December 5 to 21. The restrictions removed around 871,000 vehicles from the city roads.