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Cell phone signal support not ready yet on Metro Line 13

OFF-LIMIT to cell phone signals and walking long to the Metro stations in suburban areas, subway riders find they have problems to complain with the debut of Metro Line 13's section yesterday.
The section of Line 13, traveling 9 kilometers from suburban Jiading District to downtown, opened to service yesterday with its five stations put into use.
Many riders came to taste what's new about the new subways, with some found pleasures and others found problems.
"It will be convenient for me to work," said a woman. The subway trip riding the whole route takes about 20 minutes while the bus trips usually need more than 40 minutes. Line 13 starts at 6am and ends at 10pm and has a 10 minute interval during pilot operation.
Riders complain that they can not make phone calls onboard. The Metro operator explained that the telecom carriers are gradually moving in and the issue is expected to be solved ahead the Chinese Spring Festival in February.
Also some found that the nearby public transport system lacks despite the opening of the line.
"We walked about 30 minutes to take the line because there's no direct bus line," said a couple, on boarding the terminal in Jiading's Jinyun Road station. Residents found the bus lines lack from their communities, mainly budget-home projects, to the Metro stations.
Take Jinyun Road station, only three bus lines locate nearby although there's a large shopping mall. Some station entrances along the line remind closed because of the unfinished projects, like buildings and roads, close to the subway.
The Line carried more than 22,400 passengers yesterday. And the operator expects the volume will rise today (December 31), the first workday after its debut, and the workdays after the three-day holiday starting Tuesday.
People in suburban Jiading District can take the line for transit to downtown Metro lines like Line 3 and 4 at Jinshajiang Road station.
By 2014 the first phase of the line, stretching 16-kilometer-long, will further extend to downtown business area on Nanjing Road W.


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