What was the reason for the 11 day gridlock? The Economist explains.

Earlier this week, PSFK reported on the huge traffic jam in China and how a micro-economy has sprung up along the clogged roads. In a recent article, the Economist explains the origin of this 11 day gridlocked traffic. Because of the country’s ambitious plans to revamp its transportation infrastructure, Beijing has been experiencing a huge amount of vehicular traffic consisting of thousands of trucks regularly bringing in coal and other goods. This, coupled with rising vehicle ownership among Chinese citizens, often results in traffic snarls across the country, including the over 100km long jam which finally cleared yesterday.

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