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Holiday transport will be busy

SHANGHAI transport will experience record passenger numbers during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday with many traveling or visiting the World Expo, transport authorities have said.

Travelers from other parts of China are expected to flood the city to see the Expo during the holiday, which runs from today to Wednesday.

The Expo is expected to be the hottest attraction for tourists during the holiday, with tour agencies saying that the market for short trips outside the city will be relatively slack.

Transport authorities said students, especially those who just finished their college entrance examination, and local residents who have already received their Expo gift packs will also join the big visitor flow.

The Shanghai Transport Administration said the city's transport system is expected to handle up to 16 million passenger journeys a day.

With the completion of major transports hubs at Hongqiao airport and the Bund, people will enjoy faster and better journeys, it said.

Local buses will experience the largest passenger numbers, handling 7.7 million journeys a day, 5.86 percent more than the holiday last year.

The administration planned to put on extra buses around the Expo site to handle huge visitor numbers.

The Metro network, 11 subways and one line inside the Expo site, will handle more than 5 million passengers a day, and possibly break 6 million on one of the days, said the operator Shanghai Shentong.

About 430,000 extra Metro tickets have been printed to handle the huge passenger numbers at some key transit stations.

Taxis are expected to take 3.26 million passengers a day, with Expo taxis handling about 260,000.

Passenger numbers on flights are expected to rise by 10 percent.

Shanghai railway officials said 740,000 passengers would go via rail during the holiday, 9.7 percent more than last year.

The peak is expected tomorrow with 260,000 due to arrive.

They said they will add an extra 67 train services to cities such as Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Wuxi, Suzhou and Hangzhou.

Meanwhile, tourists from other provinces should experience a smoother transition in the Shanghai Railway Station area, they said.

The station, with its north square reopened after a revamp, has connections to subways, a long-distance bus station and city bus lines.

Expo tickets can also be bought at city's two railway stations.

The city's long-distance buses will carry 72,500 passengers daily on 3,730 services. Tickets to neighboring cities in the Yangtze River Delta are popular. The bus stations will add extra buses when needed and will extend service times.


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