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New Metro projects to benefit suburbs

THE city this year will begin construction on two Metro lines, the planned Line 17 and the southern extension of Line 5, picking up the pace of subway expansion to serve suburban areas.

Five new lines or sections are now under construction, officials said.

Metro Line 17, running west part of the city, will connect the Hongqiao Transport Hub and suburban Qingpu District. Its stops will include the water town of Zhujiajiao, a popular tourism site, and the Oriental Land campsite, according to plans. It will have about 14 stations over 35 kilometers.

The extension of Line 5 will stretch south from the current stations to Fengxian District, including nine new stations. It is expected to reach the bay area later.

The traffic authorities also said yesterday that 12 stations of the second phase of Metro Line 11 are expected to be put into use this year.

The city has 12 lines in service, with more than 425 kilometers of subway track. The length will increase to more than 600 kilometers by 2015.

More than 36 percent of local commuters used the Metro routinely last year.


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