BEIJING, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Midnight revelers will have a wider choice of public transport
during the 2008 Olympic Games as Beijing is to launch special bus routes and add
seven routes to the 24-hour bus network.
Thirty-four bus routes would be arranged to relieve
possible transport pressure around venues and tourist sites during the Games,
said Liu Xiaoming, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Transportation
Commission, on Thursday.
The host city would add seven additional night bus
routes besides the current 12, Liu said.
"A round-the-clock public transportation system
during the Beijing Olympic Games will be ensured," he added, as 40 percent of
Beijing's 66,000 taxis would operate 24 hours and rail transport could be
extended during the Games.
Liu said an advanced urban transport network would
improve the city's environment.
"If one percent of private car owners in China turned
to public transport, up to 80 million liters of gasoline would be saved every
day," he said.