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Line 6 to add more trains at rush hours

FOUR new trains along Metro Line 6 will begin service tomorrow, the Metro operator said yesterday, its latest solution to increase capacity and relieve congestion.

But the Metro authorities said Line 6 would still suffer bottlenecks and extreme congestion during rush hours.

"I think it will help," said Colin Han, a daily user of Line 6. "The trains are too small and sometimes it's impossible to get off due to such large crowds."

With the new trains, transport capacity will increase about 14 percent and, during rush hours, intervals will be shortened to 4.5 minutes from 6 minutes. A maximum of 28 trains will operate during rush hours, the operator said.

As one of the lines that go to the World Expo site, Line 6 has seen increased passenger flows, the operator said. The average daily volume has increased from 210,000 to 240,000 since the Expo opened. The daily maximum was 260,000.

"The gap between capacity and demand still exists," the operator said. "We will keep trying to add more trains."

Meanwhile, restriction in force at Line 6's Wulian Road station will be more flexible, the operator said.

The station is closed to people from entering between 7:20am and 8:30am due to overcrowding. But it remains open for passengers getting off at the station.

With the additional trains in service, the Wulian Road station may open during morning rush hour, the operator said.

The city's subway system handled a daily record 6.11 million passengers on Friday.

Five lines serving the Expo all broke daily records, the operator said.


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