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Bus fleet used in emergency plan

CITY traffic authorities instigated emergency transport procedures after yesterday's Metro Line 1 dramas but it took some time to clear passenger congestion because of the sheer weight of numbers.

Six bus companies were asked to provide 105 free shuttle buses for people stuck along stations on Line 1.

Traffic police officers helped to lead passengers to the buses.

The buses carried commuters to nearby bus hubs and stations, officials said.

"We used the emergency plan to take passengers from 7am to 1pm," said Chen Tingwei, a manager with Shanghai Dazhong Group, the city's leading transport operator.

Bus drivers worked extra hours to help alleviate the emergency.

Cabbies were also busy in the wake of the subway crisis. Taxi companies said booking services increased but many cabbies encountered problems because of traffic jams.

Some unlicensed cabbies, in cars and on motorbikes, took advantage of the situation, increasing fees up to tenfold.


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