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City poised for big travel rush

Shanghai traffic authorities said today the city's mass transit system will face big pressure later this month when millions rush home for the Spring Festival and subway passenger volume may peak to 7.5 million a day.

Currently, the 12 Metro lines are handling a total of 5.7 million travelers on an average day, 9.4 percent more than last year. The 40-day Spring Festival rush will start from January 26, they said.

Reserve trains will be put into service during the peak travel season to ease the pressure.

The Metro operator will restrict passenger flow in the high-traffic Caohejin High-Tech Park Station of Metro Line 9 during the afternoon rush hour from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.

Barriers will be erected at entrances to slow the entry of passengers and prevent overcrowding on the waiting platform, said Metro officials.

The station handles a large number of commuters who work in the high-tech park. The problem is getting worse after some companies canceled their shuttle bus services.


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