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Glitch hits service on Metro Line 2

HUNDREDS of subway commuters were affected as Metro Line 2's eastern extension suffered a long delay during the morning rush yesterday.

It was a second snarl-up this month at the line's extension, which leads to the Pudong International Airport, and the first since the Metro operator extended the service time along the section on July 10.

Metro officials said the extension was "still in its testing period to adapt to the prolonged service time."

In yesterday's incident, a signal glitch occurred at the section's Lingkong Road Station at 8:13am.

Passengers said the train, which was riding toward downtown, started chugging along at a very slow speed in the tunnel.

Regular service resumed at 8:50am after the problem was fixed.

The subway operator said the impact of the glitch was "limited" since the passenger turnout along the section was not very high.

The same line reported a 10-minute delay on July 5.

Service time on the line's extension, from Pudong airport to Guanglan Road Station, has been extended to cover the rush of commuters.

But the operator is worried that delays or breakdowns would be frequent as the line is struggling to handle the increasing passenger volume.

Line 2, the city's current busiest subway, carries more than 1.3 million riders a day. The local Metro system, with 11 subways and a section inside the Expo site, sees a total of 6 million users daily.


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