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Shuttle bus test run flounders

A TRIAL operation of shuttle buses designed to ease congestion on Metro lines 6 and 8 proved unsuccessful on the weekend.

The plan failed to attract people to take the buses instead of the subway due to long intervals, lengthier journey times and lack of signs to indicate the location of bus stops.

Many passengers said they would rather spend more time waiting for the subway than taking the buses.

A passenger at the bus stop of Boxing Road Station said he had been waiting for almost 20 minutes but still didn't see a bus coming.

Zhou Huai, deputy director with the Urban Transport Management Bureau, said last week that the interval between buses would be 3-10 minutes, depending on passenger flow.

Xin Xueqiang, deputy manager in charge of the shuttle buses, said yesterday that the shuttle buses were mostly intended to ease congestion during rush hours on weekdays.

"There are not so many commuters on weekends, so we decided to reduce the number of buses, thus prolonging the interval."

Xin said the interval between buses would be less than 10 minutes from Monday to Friday.

Passengers also complained about the bus routes as they take much more time than the subway.

A passenger surnamed Zhu said the bus took at least 15 minutes longer than taking the subway from People's Square to Quyang Road Station.

A bus driver surnamed Yu said buses would take even longer during rush hours.

However, bus routes will not be changed as they were designed by the city's transport bureau, said Xin.


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