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Metro system readies for festival crowds

RESIDENTS were reminded to prepare for massive subway crowds as the city's Metro network is expected to handle more passengers during this year's Spring Festival period over last year.

Shanghai Shentong Metro Co Ltd, the city's metro operator, said the average daily volume of passengers from January 30 to March 10 would reach 4.1 million, or 35 percent more than last year.

Shanghai Shentong official Yin Wei said the increase is understandable as the network is bigger with more lines in service compared with last year.

The capacity of Metro Line 1 will be increased as four trains will be added during rush hours in the morning in the direction from Fujin Road Station to Shanghai Railway Station and three will be added during evening rush hours in the opposite direction, the company said.

"It will be the first capacity increase on Line 1 during the Spring Festival," the company said in a statement.

Yin said migrant workers returning to Shanghai after the Spring Festival will likely add more pressure on the subway network.

The company will dispatch two trains at the beginning of everyday to clear potential crowds accumulated in the stations during the second half of the holiday when migrant workers come back, Yin said.

"Most of our preparations are for handling travelers returning to the city after the holiday," Yin told Shanghai Daily yesterday.

Passenger volume is expected to rise after February 20.


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