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Rush-hour buses to ease waits on Line 3

SHUTTLE buses will run on the most crowded part of Metro Line 3 during the peak of the morning rush hour for a one-week test starting Friday morning.

The buses will run about every 10 minutes nonstop from the Jiangwan Town station to Hongkou Football Stadium station from 7:15am to 8:15am, officials said. The buses take about 20 to 25 minutes to cover the 4.3-kilometer route.

The bus fare is 2 yuan (32 US cents), riders who use their transit card to reach Jiangwan Town on the Metro and then get on the bus will pay half that in bus fare.

The trial operation will determine "whether there will be enough passengers," said a manager with the bus operator.

The bus is expected to be welcome among rush-hour riders who have struggled with long waits to get on trains along portions of Line 3 in the city's northeast. Some turnstiles are closed and barriers set up outside the busiest stations during rush hour to control passenger flows.

Large buses with a capacity of up to 90 passengers will be used for the shuttle, said Yin Xiaoding, a manager with the subway operator. The buses will be able to transport about 600 people in an hour, said Yin.

Rider restrictions have been placed on eight stations on Line 3, from Baoshan Road to Changjiang Road S., with more expected to be included, officials said.

Passenger volume along the line's northern section has risen by up to 20 percent during peak hours compared with volumes before the Spring Festival holiday.

The Metro operator has apologized and asked for understanding since the trains "have reached full capacity."


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