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Timeline set to build subway that will link new suburb to downtown

CONSTRUCTION will start in three years on a subway service to connect the city's under-development coastal new town in Fengxian District to downtown.

The local Metro authority said an evaluation of the southern extension of Metro Line 5's environmental impact will be reviewed later this year , which likely will create the need to add improvements to the project design.

The extension will start from Line 5's current terminal in Minhang District and go to the coastal area in Fengxian District. Residents of the future Nanqiao New Town, a planned residential center, as well as students and teachers from the new college center in the area will benefit from the project.

The current 17.2-kilometer Line 5 has 11 stations and runs inside Minhang District, connecting the Xinzhuang area and the district development zone.

The new project will start from the current terminal at Dongchuan Road to reach the Nanqiao New Town, said Shentong Group, the city's Metro operator.

The group said it would submit the environmental impact report later this year, with the goal of starting construction before 2015.

The urban planning bureau also said that a tramway was being considered as a complement to help boost traffic convenience in the Fengxian coastal area. That would come as welcome news to the rising number of students and faculty members who inhabit the coastal college center, at least half an hour drive from the future Metro terminal.

Green and low-noise tramways might be constructed to help people to reach Metro stations and generally travel inside the area more easily, according to the urban planner.

Shanghai has completed 11 Metro lines in the past two decades and the current network adds up to 425 kilometers - the longest around the world. The daily turnover keeps breaking records and the system is currently handling 6.5 million on an average work day.


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