City to dismantle tollgates to give way to economic development
The city transport authority plans to dismantle three tollgates, namely the Wutong Mountain Tunnel tollgate that connect downtown Shenzhen and Yantian District, Shuitian and Matian tollgates in the Bao’an District. This will be the first time the transport authority will be scraping two tollgates in the Bao’an District.
City lawmakers have been bringing up scraping the three tollgates in legislature meetings to assist economic development. The city government acquired 100 percent of the Wutong Mountain tollgate shares for 800 million yuan and is removing the tollgate in April. The two other tollgates are owned by a Hong Kong company and have been criticized for so long.
The Matian tollgate was built to pay the loans that built the 300 million yuan Songbai Road in 1994. In the span of 16 years the tollgate have already collected around 1 billion yuan. Songbai Road was expanded in 2008 using government funds and the tollgate is still collecting the fees.
During the legislature meeting that revealed key transport projects, the transport commission is building a 50 kilometer bicycle lanes and bicycle rental services. The transport commission will completed the ten unfinished roads just before the Universiade games and will be adding 18 more roads by the end of the year.