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Buses to come sooner after Metro breakdowns

THE first replacement transit bus will come no later than 15 minutes after any future Metro breakdown to help reduce delays for subway commuters, the Shanghai Transport Bureau said yesterday.

Breakdowns caused by signal malfunctions on local subways have a greater effect as the network keeps expanding and getting busier. Some Metro riders have complained about slow responses from authorities handling buses. The problem is especially acute during rush hours, when replacement transit buses on the same route tend to arrive in insufficient numbers and slowly.

The transport bureau said it's now planning to increase the regular number of standby buses to respond to any Metro breakdown citywide. And the bureau is also currently seeking to streamline its emergency response collaboration with Metro management improve coordination during breakdowns.

The plan should benefit millions of daily Metro commuters. Currently, 6.03 million people travel each day by subway in Shanghai, constituting 37 percent of the total traffic on public transportation.

New transit improvements expected soon also include a plan for more green transit buses. The transport bureau said 150 hybrid buses, fueled by electric capacitors and batteries, will be put into service on local streets in upcoming months.

They will include 80 in downtown areas and 70 in suburban districts.

The city also plans to prioritize traffic of buses in bus-only lanes as the project is expected as a major solution to improve public transport service in Shanghai. And traffic authorities are coming up with new ideas to tackle drivers intruding into bus exclusive lanes.


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