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Airport Metro link off to a busy start

METRO Line 2's extension to Pudong International Airport was busy yesterday, the first work day after the section extended its service time over the weekend.

But air travelers with very early flights to catch found they still had to find other ways to the airport, as the first train is at 6:30am.

There was a significant increase in passengers was at the Pudong New Area's Chuansha area along the line extension section. A key industrial and residential ares, it is to be the future location of a Disneyland Park.

"I felt it's a fast journey for me to go to work," a regular rider, Chen Jian, in Chuansha told a local evening newspaper. "But the carriage was crowded."

The subway has shortened Chen's daily trip downtown by 30 minutes to about an hour.

More than 30,000 passengers had entered the nine stations along Line 2's east extension by 3pm yesterday, a 30 to 40 percent rise over last week.

Some key stations, such as Chuansha and Guanglan Road, were coping with thousands of passengers within hours of the start of morning operations.

The subway station at the Pudong airport saw a relatively smooth operation, handling nearly 2,000 air travelers by 9am.

Metro officials said they will further extend the service times eventually. The current daily schedule along the subway's eastern extension line, between the Guanglan Road Station and the Pudong International Airport Station, is from 6:30am to 9pm.

Meanwhile, Metro Line 10 reported an 80 percent surge in passenger numbers one week after operation times were extended. The line now handles 230,000 passengers a day.

The daily passenger turnout on the Metro system exceeded 6.5 million over the weekend.


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