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Barriers extended at 3 Metro stations

THE city's Metro operator is pushing its rider restriction "perimeter" even farther outside three crowded stations on Line 3, hoping that additional barriers will ease crowding inside the stations during the morning rush hour.

Passengers are complaining that they are having to wait longer in lines even when they leave home earlier.

"I come out 20 minutes earlier, but still I am late for work every day," said a passenger, surnamed Zhang, outside Line 3's Jiangyang Road S. Station yesterday morning. Lines formed behind Zhang before they were gradually allowed to get through the barriers and then the station.

The three stations with extended perimeters - Jiangyang Road S., Jiangwan Town and Yingao Road W. stations - are on the northern section of the line.

Restrictions are in place, with some turnstiles closed and barriers set up, on a total of eight stops on Line 3 from 7:15am to about 8:30am.

The Metro operator said the restrictions have "begun to show effects." At Changjiang Road S. Station, the number of rush-hour passengers has dropped from about 5,500 to about 4,300 since the restrictions took effect, helping to smooth the operation, the operator said.

Passengers wait 10 to 15 minutes outside the stations before going in, said Metro staff.

The local traffic authority also plans to provide shuttle buses to carry the passengers to other areas to alleviate pressures on the Metro.

Traffic officials suggest Line 3 riders try taking Line 10, which is not too far away.

Restrictions are also being placed on Line 6 and Line 8, which has smaller trains that hold fewer passengers.

The city's Metro system faces a test during the next two weekends with the arrival of the Qingming Festival, or tomb-sweeping day, on April 4. Millions are expected to visit cemeteries around suburban Shanghai via the Metro.


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