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2 breakdowns briefly slow Metro am rush

TWO city Metro lines suffered separate breakdowns during morning rush hour yesterday, causing delays for thousands of commuters.

Officials of the Metro operator said they steered would-be riders away from the affected stations, urging many to take buses or taxis, but the delay proved short-lived.

The morning got off to a troubled start at 7:48am, when a train on Line 3 stopped for about 10 minutes because of a malfunctioning carriage door.

Around 9am, Line 2 suffered a signal failure from a power glitch, causing a 12-minute delay between People's Square Station and Zhongshan Park Station - the city's two busiest Metro hubs.

The line soon went back to service, with officials saying the signal was just "unstable."

"I was really worried that I would be stuck in the train for a long time," said a passenger surnamed Meng who took Line 2 yesterday morning.

Breakdowns have been unnerving to passengers ever since July 14, when Line 2 suffered a delay of more than 50 minutes during the morning rush.

The July delay, caused by a power surge and a train breakdown, inconvenienced hundreds of thousands of passengers and stirred up much anger.

On September 9, a signal glitch caused a 30-minute delay at Zhangjiang High-Tech Station on Line 2.

Passenger grumbles seemed to decrease after a new public information system, designed to give a heads-up on breakdowns so commuters can take alternative transportation, went into effect in August.


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