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Metro doubles up on early morning services

Shanghai Metro operator is running extra trains to meet demand during the Spring Festival rush — including sending two trains together at the start of services at Line 1’s Shanghai Railway Station and Line 3’s Shanghai South Railway Station.

These trains, with the second arriving immediately after the first departs, are expected to help reduce congestion on platforms before rush hour.

At Shanghai Railway Station, the first train arrives at 5:30am (toward Xinzhuang) and 5:43am (toward Fujin Road). Usually, the next train arrives some 4 minutes later.

At Line 3’s Shanghai South Railway Station, which is also the terminus, the first train leaves at 5:25am. Passengers would usually wait 7 minutes for the next one.

The operators will also add extra trains, while armed police will be posted at busy stations.

The Metro operator predicts a 7.3 percent increase in passenger trips during this year’s Spring Festival, as Line 12, 16 and two sections of Line 11 were added to the network in 2013.

It expects an average of 6.23 million journeys a day during the Spring Festival period, with a peak of 8 million predicted on February 21.



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