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September 14, 2010

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Metro gets ready for surge in passengers

THE city's Metro operator is adding trains and ticket turnstiles at key subways and stations as it prepares for the expected severe congestion during the ongoing Shanghai Tourism Festival and the upcoming National Day holiday.

The whole Metro system handles more than 6 million passengers a day. The number is expected to surpass 7 million soon, the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said.

Starting from tomorrow, seven more trains will be in service along Metro Line 8, to cut the interval time by almost half, down to about 6 1/2 minutes from 12 minutes.

The line will have a total of 36 trains in service then.

Line 8 has seen the most rapid passenger volume increase among all subway lines. The line handles 600,000 passengers daily, a 50 percent surge compared with that at the beginning of this year, making the trains overcrowded as the line uses smaller carriages.

The operator is still struggling to ease congestion on Metro Line 2, currently the city's busiest subway.

Tian Yifeng, the customer manager with Line 2, said yesterday that some shops and stores at some key stations are being removed to make space for extra turnstiles and new transit passages.

About 140 square meters of stores have moved out from the line's Nanjing Road E. and Lujiazui stations.

Line 2 carries more than 1.3 million commuters a day.


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