London mayor urges IOC to use public transport

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LONDON (AP) — London Mayor Boris Johnson is urging international Olympic officials to use public transportation during the 2012 Games.

Johnson says the International Olympic Committee and other “games family” should use London buses and underground trains for “all nonessential trips.”

He says athletes and officials will still use the specially designated Olympic Route Network for traveling to the venues.

Johnson says he discussed the issue by phone Wednesday with IOC president Jacques Rogge.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams says Rogge will encourage people to use public transport “where appropriate.”