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Metro stations, lines to close

PASSENGERS who use Metro lines 4, 6, 7, 8 and 13 should be aware that they will be ending services earlier or closing completely as of tomorrow as the World Expo has come to an end.

Line 13, the only Metro service with stations inside the Expo sites, will close its Expo service starting tomorrow, while the other four major Expo-related lines will resume their pre-event schedules, meaning the last trains will be earlier by 30 minutes to one hour.

Construction will begin on Line 13 and upon completion, the line will operate from suburban Jiading District to downtown Nanjing Road W. Station, where it will connect to Line 2.

Line 13 has three stations inside the Expo. Two are within the event site - Lupu Bridge Station and Expo Avenue Station - while Madang Road Station could only be accessed by ticket holders to the event.

Ticket holders could take the line for free between the Pudong and Puxi sides of the Expo. The daily volume on the line was about 130,000, Metro officials said.

Locals have expressed their concern about the closure of the line as they said they would like to take it to the site to see the China Pavilion and other installations that are being kept in place after the event.

Whether and when the stations there will be reopened remains unknown.

Twelve Metro stations from five other subways, Line 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9, which operated near the Expo site, revert to their original services today - extra train services have been canceled on those lines.

The local Metro operator had added trains after 12pm at stations including Yaohua Road, Xizang Road S. and Changqing Road stations to carry visitors who stayed late at the Expo, while other stations along the lines only allowed passengers to exit not enter. After the Expo, the subways and the stations will see services end earlier by more than an hour - at around 11pm.

Other city subways will not change their schedules, traffic officials said.

Meanwhile, nine taxi ranks around the entrances and exits of the Expo will also close after the event finishes. More than 3,000 out of the 4,000 Expo taxis will be kept in service.

All the 35 Expo-designated bus routes will remain in service until 2am today.

Most of them are expected to run until November 8.


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