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Metro lines to reach far-flung suburbs

SHANGHAI'S Metro Lines 8 and 10 are to connect with far-flung suburbs on completion of new extensions, authorities said yesterday.

The Line 8 extension will not be a regular subway line. Instead, much smaller rubber-tired trains will be used.

The 6.6-kilometer extension will be an elevated line with six stops in southern Minhang District. It will follow the Singapore transport model? which uses smaller lines to connect to the regular Metro system.

The project is expected to start this year and finish by 2015.

"The stations will be located among residential communities for easier access," said planners. Passengers can transfer to Line 8 from the smaller line.

With the growth of satellite cities in Shanghai, transport systems such as those could be introduced in more communities in suburban areas, officials said.

Meanwhile, Line 10 will connect the city's northeast across the Huangpu River with an industrial area in Pudong's Gaoqiao.

Six new stations will be added. Construction work will start this year and is expected to be completed by 2016.

Shanghai now has 12 lines that stretch more than 425 kilometers and the service handles 6 to 7 million passengers a day on average. Three new lines or extensions will come into operation this year.

Meanwhile, urban planners also released draft plans for the Disney line section. The theme park is expected to be ready by 2015.

The section will stretch from Line 11 in Pudong to the park with two stops in between.


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