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Metro's busiest ever weekend ... for now

THE Metro has experienced its busiest weekend so far, with record numbers taking to the subway as visitors flocked to the World Expo.

On Friday, a record 7.15 million passengers used the Metro, and this was followed up on Saturday by more than 6.6 million passengers - including 1 million Expo visitors.

By 7pm yesterday, the Metro system had carried more than 4 million passengers.

"It didn't occur to us that the record would be set over the weekend, nor that the previous record would be broken so soon," said an official at the Metro operation center.

The previous record of about 7 million passengers a day was set right before the National Day holiday on September 30.

With more huge crowds expected at the Expo next weekend, visitors are being advised to take alternative transport to ease pressure on the Metro.

"There seems no obvious peak hour in one day," said the Metro official. "The subways are busy all the time."

Metro passengers are asked to avoid key stations near Expo entrances, such as the Yaohua Road Station and Xizang Road S. Station. Instead, they should go to less-crowded stations, such as the Luban Road Station and Changqing Road Station.

The operator added that all 334 Metro trains, including 52 kept in reserve, and more than 20,000 Metro staff would be on standby to handle a huge turnout.

On Saturday, the operator doubled the frequency of some services and restricted passenger numbers at certain stops. These measures may be repeated next Saturday.


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