If you thought Shanghai traffic was bad now, just wait until next month. Traffic authorities warned that Shanghai traffic would continue to get worse from now until October. According to the Shanghai Daily, over 360,000 tourists arrive in Shanghai every day and this number is expected to rise.
The number of tourists is expected to increase until reaching its peak in October. Shen Xiaosu, deputy director of city transportation and construction committees, stated that with the completion of the Shanghai-Nanjing high speed railway, this will cause another flux in tourism as more Chinese people will be able to travel to Shanghai. Traffic is expected to be especially congested at the South-North Elevated Road, Humin Elevated Road, and Middle Ring Road.
Metro rider numbers are also expected to increase from 6 million a day to 7 million a day. In response to the increased number of riders, new subway stations are being built and construction is scheduled to finish before the end of 2010. Both Line 7 and Line 10 will see extensions to northern China and Hongqiao Train Station respectively.
It’s ironic that the World Expo is causing so many problems for the infrastructure of Shanghai. “Better city, better life” hardly seems to be an apt description of what the World Expo has done. The World Expo has been criticized for being hypocritical as it preaches conservationist ideals, but erects massive pavilions that only serve a one-time use.
Now with the burden of increased tourism added to the Shanghai transportation system, it seems like Shanghai is fit to burst at any second. There are plans to further increase the amount of transportation such as buses and taxis as opposed to enforcing stricter regulations and laws for Shanghai drivers. While this will increase the number of cars on the road, it may prove to be the smarter decision in the long run as well all know that Shanghai drivers disregard all driving laws aside from stop at red lights.