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City's latest subway hits tracks tomorrow

LONG-AWAITED Metro Line 10 will be open and ready for riders tomorrow, the operator said yesterday.

The subway, dubbed the "golden line," will run through several of the city's main business hubs - Nanjing Road, Huaihai Road, Yuyuan Garden, Wujiaochang and the Shanghai Library - and connects to five existing subways.

"We expect a passenger surge soon after it opens," said Zhu Xiaojie, general manager of the operating company.

The trains will run from 9am to 4pm daily, gradually extending to rush hours before the World Expo starts next month. The wait between trains will be eight minutes.

Stretching from the northeast to west sections of city, the line will stretch 29.6 kilometers with 27 stations.

But four other stations, from Shanghai Zoo Station to further three down the line linking to the under-construction Hongqiao Transport Hub, won't open until October.

The line, expected to connect to Line 2 inside the hub, will stop at the two terminals of Hongqiao International Airport and at a railway station.

With Line 10 up and running, the city will have 11 lines on 420 kilometers of track - the country's longest Metro network.

Shanghai got its first subway, Metro Line 1, in 1995.

To prevent annoying noise and vibration when Line 10 trains are downtown, eight kilometers of track have been equipped with special track beds, costing about 80 million yuan (US$11.7 million).

The new line should help relieve crowding on Line 8, which has a similar route in the city's north neighborhoods.

A new naming system, supplementing the existing Chinese and English characters, will be tested on the subway. For example, the line's Nanjing Road E. Station will be dubbed "L10/16." That means: 16th station of Line 10.

If the testing is a hit with the public, the system will go into broad use.


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