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New Metro line ahead of timetable

ANOTHER cross-river Metro link will begin trials along Line 7 this November, ahead of schedule, making travel easier for commuters between the city and Baoshan and Putuo districts.

Metro Construction Headquarters said yesterday that most construction and decoration for the 28 stations along Line 7 have been completed. The line was originally scheduled to open at the end of this year.

So far 25 new six-carriage trains are being tested for the line, and another 17 will be delivered and tested before World Expo opens next May.

All trains on the new line will be painted orange. The 35-kilometer route starts in the north at the Outer Ring Road in Baoshan District, runs through Putuo, Jing'an and Xuhui districts, and ends at Longyang Road Station in Pudong, where passengers can change to Line 2.

Train shortage

A shortage of new trains has hampered the expansion of Metro services to catch up with passenger demand, Metro managers said yesterday.

The city's eight Metro lines have nearly 1,200 trains in service. But further expansion of the network means that 2,300 trains will be needed by 2012, managers said.

Introduction of new trains has been delayed by the long process of production, purchasing and testing, officials said. Managers are refitting older trains to add more carriages to cater for demand.

Daily Metro turnover has increased by more than 50 percent since 1993 and has now hit more than 3 million passengers.


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