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Bus operator improves Baoshan Metro links

TWELVE new bus routes have been added in Baoshan District, linking local residential communities to two major Metro lines, a bus operator said yesterday.

Local residents who live about a kilometer from the stations for Lines 1 and 3 had long complained about a more than 30-minute wait for a bus.

The Shanghai Bashi Group has also extended operating hours and shortened the time between buses.

"We also set a stop near a hospital for the convenience of the patients," said He Fang, an official with the bus operator.

Line 1 extended to Fujin Road Station, in the far north of the city, at the end of 2007, but there were previously only seven or eight bus routes running on the main roads beside the line.

The bus operator has invested more than 10 million yuan (US$1.46 million) to buy 45 new buses for the new and existing routes.

Meanwhile, operators of Metro Line 11 yesterday began a one-month test of new trains which can reach a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

It will take Formula One audiences just 40 minutes to get to the Shanghai International Circuit after the new line begins trial runs at the end of this year.

Ninety-five percent of the tunneling work of Line 11 has been completed and the decoration of the Metro stations is under way, Metro operator said.

The first phase of Line 11 will run through Jiading, Putuo and Changning districts. It will connect with Lines 3 and 4 at Caoyang Road Station and Line 2 at Jiangsu Road Station.


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