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City braces for Spring Festival travel rush

AVOID overcrowded Metro stations and high-traffic roads if you can because Shanghai is entering the peak travel season of the year as millions rush home for the Spring Festival reunion, local traffic authorities warned today.

With the first phase of Metro Line 13 going into service on December 30, the city's Metro system is handling nearly 7 million passengers a day on average. Authorities believe the number will spike later this month.

Travelers carrying big luggage will aggravate the congestion problem in subways, said the Shanghai Construction and Transportation Commission, the city's traffic supervisor.

The officials estimate the Spring Festival travel rush will start January 26 and last 40 days. Millions of migrant workers and holiday travelers will be leaving and coming to Shanghai by rail, road and air.

Cold weather is likely to add to traffic congestion and the situation will get worse for a few days later this month. Driving speed on elevated roads already dropped by 1 to 2 percent last month and will slow further to about 10kph in downtown areas like Zhongshan Park and People's Square.

As more retailers are holding New Year sales, traffic congestion in Shanghai will only get worse, said traffic officials who advised people to avoid busy roads and Metro stations when possible.


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