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Travel crowds to hit peak

SHANGHAI'S traffic authority warned yesterday that road and public transit congestion will worsen starting early next month during the Spring Festival travel peak.

The authority said that based on the latest survey of migrant workers in town, the travel peak would see a 6 percent hike in traffic over the same period last year, when the city reported more than 27.6 million people using railways, buses and planes.

For Spring Festival, China's biggest holiday, people traditionally return home for annual family get-togethers to celebrate the lunar New Year. There are always enormous passenger flows nationwide.

Transportation officials project a 9.1 percent increase over last year for the country as a whole, with a passenger volume exceeding 3.1 billion trips on trains, long-distance buses and airplanes. The annual peak is expected to last 40 days this year from January 8 to February 16.

City traffic administration warned that Shanghai's subway system will face a heavy burden as passengers with luggage crowd the carriages. They expect rain and snow will worsen the situation.

Shanghai's railway operator said the policy of selling tickets online will expand to more ordinary fast trains starting tomorrow. Normally, only bullet train riders can buy tickets on the Internet. Passengers can buy tickets using ID cards and passports online.

After buying the tickets online, riders with Chinese second-generation ID cards can flash their cards to check in quickly along high-speed rail lines like Shanghai-Beijing, Shanghai-Nanjing and Shanghai-Hangzhou, instead of showing tickets.

At the Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station, officials said ticket booths will be added to handle the flow.


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