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Metro lines seek green light

THE city's subway network could grow if plans for Metro lines 19, 20 and an extension to Line 5 are approved by authorities, the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission said yesterday.

Line 19, 20 and the southern extension of Line 5 were included in a 10-year Metro construction proposal from 2010 to 2020.

"The project is expected to be approved by the end of this year or early next year," said Zhou Bo, director of the commission.

Shanghai's subway system is one of the fastest-growing in the world, with plans to make it the biggest by 2012. It now runs eight lines over 250 kilometers of track, carrying about 4 million passengers a day.

Metro constructor Shanghai Shentong Group is now studying where to build stations for Line 19. The planned line will start in Pudong New Area and link Changxing Island via the sea tunnel and continue on to Chongming Island and Hengsha Island.

Together with the Changjiang tunnel-bridge expressway that will open on October 31, the new line will make it easier to travel to and from Chongming County, which is home to about 700,000 people.

Also included in the plan are 12 stations for the southern extension of Line 5 to Hangzhou Bay. Line 5 now runs from Minhang District's Xinzhuang to Minhang Development Zone.

Line 20 will likely connect Hongqiao area to Qingpu District.


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