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Subway for Expo visitors tests train

THE subway that will go through the Shanghai World Expo site moved a step closer yesterday when it tested a train for the first time.

The Expo section of Metro Line 13 will link the two Expo zones in Puxi and Pudong, and have three stations.

Expo ticket holders can take the trains free after security checks at Line 13's Madang Road station where it connects with Metro Line 9 in Puxi.

The link to the Expo site is likely to make Line 13 one of the busiest subways during the event. Traffic authorities estimate that about 30 percent of visitors will use the service.

Two trains will operate on the line, with another two on standby by the time the Expo begins in May.

The six-carriage trains, which can carry 2,000 passengers, will run at six-minute intervals.

Meanwhile, five seven-carriage trains were added to Metro Line 8 yesterday to ease complaints about overcrowding.


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