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All change as crowds soar

THE Expo organizer has adjusted shuttle bus routes, extended waiting areas for popular pavilions and is enforcing traffic regulations as the number of Expo visitors soars.

The daily attendance reached 487,800 despite the high temperatures yesterday, - the 5th day when more than 400,000 visitors had attended.

Some of the cross-river buses that run across both the Pudong and Puxi Expo sites began to serve as shuttle buses for visitors between the two sites.

They take visitors to the first stop on either side of the Huangpu River and then turn back to the other side to pick up more, especially around noon when huge crowds of visitors head for the Puxi site from Pudong.

The buses will be at their most crowded from around 11am but will have fewer passengers after 2pm, one bus driver said.

Visitors can also take Metro Line 13, known as the Expo Special Line within the Expo site, to the other side of the river, a trip that is free. The cross-river buses are always crowded while the Metro trains have fewer passengers.

The Shibo Avenue bus, the most popular bus at the Pudong Expo site, began missing out the Bailianjing entrance stop on Bailianjing Road, its former terminus near the Japan Pavilion, between 10am to 5pm.

The organizer changed the route because the long queues waiting for the Japan and Republic of Korea pavilions always jammed traffic in the area, said Pan Xueqin, of the Expo site's traffic management department.

She said visitors could walk about 50 meters north to the M2 Water Gate stop to take the bus that heads to the European section. All bus services within the site are available for visitors from 9am to midnight.

Traffic lights have switched on and more than 150 traffic police are directing traffic to ensure visitors obey the rules at crossroads.

The Saudi Arabia Pavilion, which claims an average nine-hour queue, is extending its waiting area by 300 meters. The entrance will now be near the Nepal Pavilion.

The waiting area for the Japan Pavilion has also been extended to the Vietnam Pavilion, about 50 meters west.


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