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Drill will disrupt Line 9 today

ATTENTION, Metro riders: Emergency drills will be conducted at 10am today and Friday, affecting operations on Line 9 and Line 8, respectively.

The two drills are meant to test emergency procedures as the subway operator prepares for the approaching World Expo and rising passenger numbers.

In the exercise, Line 9's Madang Road station will experience a "passenger surge and congestion" after a train on Line 13 "breaks down." Line 9 will be closed from 10am to 10:30am. Passengers with plans to go to or get out at the station are advised to make alternative arrangements.

The Madang Road station was chosen because it will be an important hub for visitors during the Expo. Line 13, which will take visitors inside the Expo site, connects to Line 9 at Madang Road.

The subway operator will carry out another drill on Line 8 on Friday.

A Line 8 train will "break down" between the Lujiabang Road and Xizhang Road S. stations at 11:30am. The fictitious glitch is expected to last about 20 minutes, the operator said.

The operator will advise passengers inside the train to remain calm and await the arrival of rescue trains.

Other stations along the line will limit passenger numbers at the time to avoid congestion.

Meanwhile, a drill was held in the early hours yesterday morning when a train "ran off the track" on Line 2. No passengers were affected because the Metro system is closed to the public at that time.

The operator declared the drill "successful." It took about 40 minutes to clean up all the problems and get 300 stranded "passengers" out.

By the Expo's May 1 opening, the Metro system, which will have 12 lines in operation, is expecting to handle more than 6 million passengers a day, up from the current 5.4 million.

In other Metro news, managers yesterday said they will attempt to send cell phone text messages to alert people to service suspensions in case of subway accidents during the Expo.

The text messages are designed to avert the chaos experienced last December, when two Line 1 trains collided, shutting the subway operation for an entire morning.

The operator was criticized when passengers who did not know about the accident still poured into stations to catch a train, causing congestion which was described as "nightmare."


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