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Late-night service boost from city hub

HONGQIAO Integrated Transport Hub is scheduling more night buses, taxis and possibly out-of-hours Metro trains from later this month, government officials told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

This comes as the hub gears up to the opening of the high-speed rail link between Shanghai and Beijing.

"Preparations are now in full swing to get ready for the opening of the link which is expected to bring an extra 100,000 passengers to the hub each day," said Chen Weili, deputy director with the Hongqiao Central Business District Administrative Committee.

The committee is the government department managing the transport hub which will connect to a planned business district.

That is expected to be developed into the city's biggest international trading and high-end commercial center within five years.

The transport hub is currently shared by railway, airport, Metro, city bus, provincial coach and taxi services. About 500,000 travelers use the hub every day.

"The fear is that the new high-speed rail line will increase pressure on the public transport capacity at the hub area, which is already tight," Chen said.

Metro lines at the hub currently close about 10pm. "But train traffic is still busy between 10 and 11pm and each train usually carry 1,200 passengers," Chen added.

Managers said they would step up late-evening transport capacity.

Around 2,000 travelers were stranded at the hub when their delayed train arrived at midnight on December 16. Officials said this shouldn't happen again.

"The Emergency Response Center is open at the hub now. It can coordinate rail, air and various city transport providers to raise the hub's emergency transport efficiency," said Zhou Xiaoshan, a official planning transport services at the hub.

"During delays caused by bad weather, the rail authority can inform the center before trains arrive to ensure enough transport is available," he explained.

There would be 500 taxis on stand-by service at both Terminal 2 of Hongqiao International Airport and the railway station to cope with increased demand, officials said.

He added that in future when numbers of delayed passengers exceeded 3,000 at the hub after the regular closing time of Metro services, special Metro trains could be dispatched to take travelers downtown.

Some 120 of the 180 daily services on the new 1,318-kilometer rail line will stop at the Hongqiao hub.


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