The city of Beijing plans to conduct a stricter policy for the current quota system of vehicle licensing and gradually increase the percentage of new-energy cars in use.
Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport has released Beijing's 13th Five-Year-Plan of Transportation Development on July 4th. The plan calls for limiting the number of cars on the road to 6 million by the end of 2017 and 6.3 million in 2020. From 2018 to 2020, Beijing will cap the total number of newly added cars at 300,000 by issuing an average 100,000 new license plates each year.
Beijing will invest 750.5 billion yuan in transport infrastructure in 49 areas including civil aviation, railways, subways and highways during the next five years.
As Beijing establishes a new administrative centre in Tongzhou district, transportation projects, including subways, will be a priority in the five-year plan to facilitate connections with neighboring areas.
The commission aims to ensure that people can find a subway station within 750 meters in most downtown areas. The daily volume of passengers taking public transportation - bus and metro - will rise from 21.6 million to 30.5 million, according to the plan.
Furthermore, the city will promote an "Internet+" model that will allow more people to work from home, easing the burden on roads and public transport.
Other measures are also proposed in the plan, including more flexible traffic controls in downtown areas on smoggy days and shifting work or school hours to reduce the pressure of rush hour.