The site includes 30 roads totaling approximately 33 miles (53 kilometers), which will be part of the urban traffic network after the Expo. With more than 70 million visitors attending the Expo sites and a daily peak of around 800,000 during rush hour, safe, efficient traffic and pedestrian control was critical.
WSP was commissioned to provide international expertise on transportation and pedestrian planning to the Shanghai Expo Coordination Bureau, working with the Bureau from the initial planning stage to the official Expo opening in 2010. WSP utilized its vast international transport planning experience gained from Olympic Games transport planning work for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This meant that the planning team was fully productive from day one, utilizing state-of-the-art simulation modelling and data analysis to develop a viable transportation/pedestrian plan which included emergency evacuation planning.