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Traffic smooth despite Expo

BEFORE the World Expo opened on May 1, Shanghai traffic police were worried that the country's largest-ever fair could cause traffic chaos on local roads. But a report released yesterday proves that their fears were unfounded, thanks in main to a package of traffic-easing policies and an expanded subway transportation network.

Traffic police said car speed on major downtown roads during rush hours has remained at 20 kilometers per hour in the past three months, about the same as before the Expo kicked off.

In contrast to the smooth road traffic, Metro trains have stayed crowded all day during the three months, putting up record passenger numbers month by month.

Just over 5 million passengers took the Metro daily during the first four months this year.

But the opening of the Expo on May 1 was a turning point; the city's Metro network, with 12 lines in operation, now serves more than 6 million people every day.

And the number is expected to hit 7 million in the coming months, which will put the whole network under great pressure both in terms of safety and operation, Metro authorities said.


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