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April 20, 2012

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Buses to parallel subway lines

SHANGHAI'S transport watchdog said yesterday that it would open some buses to run alongside busy Metro lines later this year to tackle worsening subway overcapacity.

Daily commuters on Metro lines 6 and 8, two lines under extreme overcrowding in rush hours, will be the first to benefit from the "parallel bus" scheme now being developed by the transport watchdog.

"We understand that in rush hours, people tend to choose the Metro despite its overcrowding because buses are much affected by ground congestion," said Sun Jianping, director with the transport bureau.

Sun said efforts would be made to ensure the buses enjoy smooth going. The efforts will include installing some signaling devices on the buses so that the traffic-control system sends them a green light as they approach, and setting up traffic lanes for transit buses only during rush hour.

Traffic officials are working now to refine the measures.


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