Traffic Jams and China's 60-Mile, 11-Day Gridlock

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

For nearly two weeks, a stretch of highway outside Beijing saw monster gridlock, which stretched out over sixty miles and trapped drivers on China's National Highway 110 for days. It had been expected to last until mid-September, but last Thursday, after eleven days, the traffic jam suddenly broke.

Many people, of course, are wondering: Where did it go? How did it start? And could this kind of jam happen again?

We talk with David Schrank, co-author of the Urban Mobility Report from the Texas Transportation Institute. He and his colleagues watched the Chinese traffic jam closely, and have been consulting traffic institutes in China on how to manage their road congestion in the future.

We also hear the voice of Zhang Lijia, a freelance journalist in Beijing who was trapped in the traffic jam for eleven hours.

 

Guests:

David Schrank

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Skilly

That's quite funny. One wants to be civil but a number of us know that Zhang Lijia was not even in Beijing at the time. So how could she be caught in the traffic jam?

You might want to look a bit more closely at your sources the next time you interview someone, especially as Ms. Zhang is well known to be quite unreliable when it comes to accounts.

This would not be the first time that Ms. Zhang put herself into events that are covered by the media. In her book, she says she was a democracy activist but other places claims she was a labor leader. She changes her tale to fit what she thinks that journalists want to hear.

This story seems to be yet another effort by Ms. Zhang to gain publicity for herself. That is unfortunate.

Sep. 01 2010 11:02 PM

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