Beijing transport authority calls for flexible and staggered working hours

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The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport called on companies in Beijing to continue to implement flexible work schemes, allow employees to work from home, work on rotation, and stagger working hours.

Rong Jun, vice director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport, said at a press conference on Tuesday that the road traffic index during the morning rush hours on Monday reached the highest level since February.

Because the city has not restored traffic restriction based on the number of license plates, the road transport is facing increased pressure, he said.

Rong said that, as the city is speeding up resumption of work and production, the traffic index in the downtown city has reached 2.08 in February and 3.84 so far in March, down by 42% and 36% year-on-year, respectively. With traffic rebounding, traffic gridlock during rush hours has climbed, the vice director said.

According to the transport authority, the traffic index reached 4.21 during workdays last week, returning to 65% of pre-epidemic normal level. An average of 2.68 million vehicles hit the road each day last week, returning to 68% of the normal level. The traffic index on Monday morning returned to 77% of the normal level.

The road traffic index is expected to return to 85% of the normal level at the end of this month, and traffic congestion during rush hours on workdays after the Tomb Sweeping Festival will reach the normal level.

On March 23, the passenger volume of buses reached 2.9 million, and the passenger volume of transit transport reached 3.11 million.

To reduce congestion on the subway transport, Beijing Subway on Tuesday began to pilot adding trains and reducing intervals on the Changping Line and the Batong Line to make trains less crowded.

The pilot scheme has reduced the minimum intervals between two running trains on the Changping Line from 3 minutes and 40 seconds to 2 minutes, and from 2 minutes 50 seconds to 1 minute 58 seconds on the Batong Line.

On March 6, Tiantongyuan station on Line 5 and Shahe station on the Changping Line started to pilot a reservation scheme for rides during weekday morning rush hours on Friday.

Passengers can make a reservation one day in advance on their phones if they want to take the subway at the two stations between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on weekdays. People who succeed in making a reservation will get a QR code on the phone, which allows them to enter the stations via a special fast track.

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