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Rider limits likely for part of Metro

SHANGHAI'S Metro operator warns that passenger restriction measures may be used at the most crowded Metro stations and on two lines where repairs are scheduled as passenger volumes continue to grow.

Measures could include setting up barriers outside some stations during rush hours to reduce passenger flows, officials said.

Trains on heavily used Metro lines 3 and 4 will begin to undergo repair and maintenance this month, reducing the number of trains in service and worsening congestion, said Metro officials.

The exact impact on the frequency of trains is in play since planners are still working on a new timetable for the trains when repair and maintenance work begins. Several trains will drop out of service at a time, officials said.

An area where officials expect to see some passenger restrictions is the northern section of Metro Line 3, from Jiangwan Town to Jiangyang Road N.

All maintenance work on the trains for the two lines is expected to be done by the end of 2015, and conditions should improve when the trains are repaired.

Restrictions will be applied at some large transit stations only when necessary, officials said.

The subway's operator, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, said "there's still a gap between train supply and the increasing number of passengers during the morning rush hour."

Trains on lines 6 and 8, as well as 3 and 4, have been running "at their full capacity," said officials. Reserve trains are already used to help alleviate the pressure.

The city's rapidly growing Metro network, with its 12 lines, is handling 6 to 7 million passengers a day on average.

It just witnessed a record 8.48-million passenger volume last Friday, the International Women's Day. Turnout of 7 million a day has become common, Metro officials said.


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