Taizhou ranks sixth nationwide in traffic conditions
School buses are seen in a parking lot in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [WeChat account: tzfb001]
Taizhou in East China's Zhejiang province was ranked sixth in China in terms of traffic conditions, according to a recently released report on transportation in China's major cities in the third quarter of this year.
The report was released by Gaode Maps and organizations including the Big Data Development Department of the State Information Center of China, the Tsinghua University-Daimler Joint Research Center for Sustainable Transport, and the ITS Research Center of Tongji University.
The report adopted a traffic health index system that used indicators such as the proportion of congested sections of roadways and the average travel speed during rush hours to measure a city's general transportation conditions.
Taizhou's traffic health index had a rating of 69.07 percent in Q3, ranking sixth nationwide, behind only Nantong, Shaoxing, Luoyang, Nanchang and Changzhou.
This is the 13th time that Taizhou has been ranked among the top 10 cities in China in this respect since 2019. The local government's sustained efforts in easing traffic congestion have played a big part in this.
From January to September, the city constructed 20.88 kilometers of roads and 26,176 parking spots in urban areas, official data show.
Authorities have also launched a parking app that allows drivers to locate the nearest parking lot and pay parking fees.
In addition, the city has introduced a campaign to increase its public transportation capacity and encourage the public to travel in an eco-friendly manner.