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Line 16 will alternate stops, listen to public

FOR the first time, a Metro line will operate alternating service from nonstop to stop-at-every-station, and residents are being asked to vote on which stations they consider their favorites.

The new subway, Line 16, is expected to be put into use this year. It will run nonstop service, stop-at-big-stations service and it also will stop at every station in a new type of rotation, said officials.

The public's opinions will be used for "better operational organization."

Line 16 runs in the Pudong New Area from Lingang New City at the coast to Luoshan Road and will connect to future Line 11's extension at Luoshan Road. The line will have 11 stations, mainly in southwest Pudong.

Online voting is open on Metro's Weibo microblog and had attracted more than 3,100 participants by yesterday.

Participants are asked to choose stations where they would most likely begin their journey. Each participant can choose two stations as their favorites.

Some stations like Xinchang had more than 700 votes by yesterday while some had as few as 60 votes.

Metro staff and university volunteers also are handing out questionnaires in communities near the stations.

The nonstop schedule will take about 34 minutes for the whole route while the stop-at-every-station service takes about 47 minutes.

It is expected to eventually also provide interchanges to Metro lines 2, 7, 13 and 18.

Some residents said there are communities along the line not fully occupied while others are relatively mature with more residents.

The area near the coast has seen mounting complaints about a lack of public transportation for years despite plans to develop a satellite city in the Lingang area.

A large university town is also located in the area, with hundreds of thousands of students lining up each week for shuttle buses to downtown.

Kader Ibraham of Comoros, a sophomore at Shanghai Dianji University in the university town, said it took him "more than an hour by bus to reach central Pudong and then more for other subways."

High-end international communities will be built in Pudong's Lingang New City, expected to attract top-level industries by 2020. The area is 75 kilometers from downtown Shanghai.


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