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Ningbo earmarks 74.7 billion in traffic improvements

In the past five years, Ningbo has achieved remarkable results in traffic infrastructure construction including highway, railway, aviation and shipping. Investment in traffic construction is booming with a total input of 74.76 billion yuan within 5 years.

With the accomplishment of Hangzhou Bay Bridge, Zhoushan Mainland-Islands Linking Project and Ningbo Round-city Expressway, Ningbo has equipped with a well-developed highway system, shortening the journey to any city in the Yangtze River Delta to 2 hours' ride. Currently, the total length of highways open to traffic reached 415 km and the total length of road has reached 10,455 km, with 937 kilometers as arterial road. Road density (km per 100 sq. km area) is reported as 106.5, reaching the level of moderately developed countries. At present, except several villages on islands, all the administrative villages in Ningbo can be accessed by regular buses.

The construction of the Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou Railway has changed the Ningbo unfavorable position as a terminal of railway to that of a regional hub. The total length of railway reaches 259.31 km, with 93.3 kilometers as newly built railway. Through the Xiaoshan-Ningbo line, a railway network has formed, connecting Zhenhai, Beilun Port with Zhejiang - Jiangxi line and Shanghai-Hangzhou line.

In 2007, the container throughput of Ningbo Port was 9 million TEUs and the cargo throughput stood at 344 million tonnes. Until last year, the container throughput has reached 14.51 million TEU while the cargo throughput reached 433 million tones, resulting in Ningbo's current ranking in terms of container volume move up to the third place nationwide and sixth place worldwide. Currently, The port has a network consisting of 236 shipping lanes, covering over 600 ports in more than 100 countries in the world. The indirect hinterland of Ningbo Port has expanded to Anhui Province, Jiangxi Province, Hubei Province, Hunan Province and Sichuan Province, making Ningbo port a main line port for ocean-going container transport.

Improvement of transportation facilities goes long with better services. Ningbo bus stations offers the online booking system and telephone booking system, which enable passengers to make payment at home and collect tickets in a nearby bus station. Meanwhile, the railway station, the taxi company and airport also offer new services to enhance the convenience for the public

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