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Train to far suburb takes half hour

IT will only take people about half an hour and 10 yuan (US$1.60) to reach Jinshan on the southern edge of Shanghai, off Hangzhou Bay, when a direct rail route to the suburban district opens to pilot service on September 28, said city government.

The Jinshan Railway Line runs from Shanghai South Railway Station to Jinshan New Town with its nine stops along the 56-kilometer-long track. It will use bullet trains that travel in two modes. One is non-stop; the other stops at each station.

The non-stop service will take 32 minutes, while the slower service will take about an hour to finish the nine-stop journey.

The current bus service takes more than an hour for Jinshan residents to get to downtown.

"It's a great linkage for us to downtown," said Li Yueqi, the governor of the Jinshan District. "Jinshan residents before had to spend a half day on the roads to downtown."

Li said the 4-billion-yuan rail project is one of Jinshan's biggest infrastructure works.

The new railway will charge fares from 3 yuan to 10 yuan. Passengers can use their public transport cards, a first for a railway operation, to buy tickets and enjoy discounts for bus and Metro transfers, said the operator, Shanghai Railway Bureau.

The operator will open 30 train services, eight non-stop services and 22 nine-stop ones, each day in the trial operation, and riders can check the trains' timetable soon on the bureau's website. More train services, up to 72 runs, will be added later, railway officials said. Cargo trains will also use the track.

Unlike the regular rail passengers who need an ID to buy tickets, the Jinshan line riders buy tickets via windows and ticket machines and do not need to give their ID cards first. And they can sit anywhere on the trains.

To prevent a passenger overload, the turnstile machines will calculate the volume and restrict the passengers from entering once the trains are occupied, said the operator.

The fast trains on the new track are a big change for Jinshan natives who still remember how it was in the old days.

"In my mind, I still cherish the days when my parents took me on the old, slow trains from my home to downtown to play when I was a child," said a Jinshan native surnamed Qian, who now works and lives downtown.

Qian said people like her welcome the new rail line, which can quickly take her home to visit family and friends in Jinshan.

The district government officials expect a passenger surge, with more visitors finding it easier to reach the beachside area for weekends and holidays.

The old Jinshan railway, built in the 1970s mainly for transportation of chemical products and later for passengers, stopped operation in 2001.

The renovation work on the old line and stations began in 2009.


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