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Record traffic days on Metro expected

SHANGHAI'S Metro network faces a weekend of enormous traffic due to the May Day holiday, with the daily turnover projected to hit a record high.

The local transport watchdog said yesterday that trends indicated that total subway turnover today and on Saturday would reach a record-breaking 7.4 million people. The latest record high fell last Friday when more than 7.2 million people traveled on the subway. The daily average has risen to more than 6.3 million.

Local railway stations will receive 30 percent more passengers than usual and are also feared to suffer "extreme congestion" this weekend, the watchdog said.

And on the roads, motorists will have to prepare for long waits at expressways as ground traffic is also feared to face serious congestion, authorites said. The G2, G40, G50, and G60 expressways will be particularly congested, as they are common driving routes for holiday tourists.

The Metro operator said three new trains will be added to Line 8 to handle the load, and interval times are expected to be shortened. But the operator fears that "the gap between capacities and passenger volume is still large," said officials.

Meanwhile, extra trains will be added on Line 2 after full daily operation ends around 11pm starting this Saturday. The added services, which will go until 11:30pm, will stop at eight key stations like Hongqiao Railway Station, Hongqiao T2 and People's Square, said the operator.

City police and traffic authorities said soldiers are helping the Metro operator coordinate and smooth the crowds at busy stations to ensure operational safety, especially during the holiday season such as the coming May Day holiday.

The soldiers are based at five Metro stations - People's Square, Xujiahui, Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station and Century Avenue.

Extra crews will be dispatched at Metro stations to help direct passengers, and the traffic authorities suggested people avoid downtown commutes if possible during the coming peak days.


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