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More trains to relieve pressure on Line 6

FIVE new trains will be put into operation on Metro Line 6 this year to shorten waiting intervals and reduce rush-hour crowds along this heavily congested route.

Shentong Group, the Metro operator, announced new measures to ease the rush-hour jams on Line 6, which runs through several high-density communities in Pudong. But the line has flaws in design with smaller trains and shorter platforms.

Metro officials said they have ordered 18 trains to boost Line 6's carrying capacity and 15 of them are due to arrive this year for testing and five of them could be put into service by the end of this year.

More than 30 Metro stations, including some on Line 6, have adopted crowd-control measures during morning rush hours out of safety concern. Some entrances are temporarily shut down to prevent stampedes.

The officials said the daily passenger volume of the whole Metro system has approached 7 million people.

Some commuters suggested that seats on smaller Line 6 trains be removed to allow more standing space. But Shentong Group said this is not feasible because if the seats are removed, the extra load of passengers would make the carriages break the weight endurance limit.


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