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New bus services to share burden of Metro

SHANGHAI transport department said they will create special bus routes alongside some busy Metro lines later this year and let the buses enjoy the right-of-way through technical means and law enforcement.

Commuters taking Metro Line 6 and Line 8, which are overcrowded during rush hours, will be the first to benefit from the "parallel bus" scheme.

"We understand that rush-hour commuters tend to choose subways despite their overcrowded condition because buses are hindered by ground traffic congestion," Sun Jianping, director of the municipal transport bureau, said today.

Sun said measures will be taken to ensure the "parallel buses" to travel unhindered and take some load off Metro Line 6 and Line 8.

The measures include installing a signal controller on the buses to make sure they always get a green light when they reach a crossroad, he said

Rush-hour transit lanes will also be created. Traffic police are now working with the transport department to refine the scheme. Motorists occupying the transit lanes will be fined to safeguard the privilege of "parallel buses."

Sun said bus companies operating "parallel buses" will be subsidized by the city government due to fluctuations in passenger volume.


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