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Late Metro trains may get green light

METRO officials say they will consider running later services on holidays, but claim that the network is already working to almost full capacity.

This follows calls from the public for extended services, as most lines cease operations around 11pm, leaving taxis and night buses the only choices.

Wu Xiyi, general manager of the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, the Metro operator, said the city’s Metro routes are longer than those in other cities and a complete ride on some lines takes at least an hour.

To ensure enough time for routine checks and maintenance at night, there is little slack that would allow services to be extended an hour, said Wu.

Last Saturday, services had to stop on the western section of Line 2 one-and-a -half hours earlier than usual to allow for maintenance construction work.

Wu said the operator will explore the possibility of extending the operational hours on certain lines that pass through downtown areas during important festivals and other special occasions, but did not give a timetable for this.

Shanghai’s 567-kilometer subway network is the longest in the world and ferries more than 5 million passengers every day.

On New Year’s Eve, about 400,000 people gathered at the Bund for the 2014 countdown, and it took hours for many revellers to reach home after the celebrations.

Many had to walk home as most night buses were already overpacked, demand for taxis hugely outstripped supply and no Metro service was available.

Some private car owners offered illegal can services, charging home-bound customers several times the taxi fare.



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